The Friends of Pennypack Park conducted one of their most successful litter removal activities ever on Oct. 24 as more than 40 volunteers joined workers from the city’s Water Department and CLIP to clean up 69 bags of trash from the Sandy Run area of the park.
Volunteers representing Holy Family University’s Habitat for Humanity Club and from Cub Scout Pack 252 gave the manpower a big boost. Those from Holy Family included Evan Horsey, Kathleen Salinel, Sally Hang, Jamie Razler, Dominic Kenkelen, Jamie Keba, Lauren Derr, Krystal Acevedo, Aimela Vruzhaj and Minah Fagan. The Cub Scout group included Joseph Carrion, Joseph Fiore, Noah Boyd, Maxwell Crompton, Jake Simeo, Sean Simeo, Carol Crompton, Nicole Baldwin and Justin Baldwin.
In addition, Olivia Toth and her mom, Stefani Toth, volunteered to fulfill Olivia’s community service project for St. John’s Lutheran Church.
FOPP volunteers included Tom Henry, Rich Glaser, Denise LeGendre, Walt Calhoun, Robert McMunn, Tim McAndrews, Dean Lynd, Edward Maher, Sandy Stewart, Jim Stewart, Alan Ostrow, Ken Lewis, Roland Williams, Jim Smyth, Corinne Stobbe, George Scholl, Kevin Sweetra, Joyce Ferrero, Bill Henderson and Nance Kerns.
The FOPP also thanked two officers from the 15th Police District who helped find the owners of two lost wallets that the workers found in the woods. And when volunteers encountered a couple of large fallen trees blocking their paths, Water Department employee Sylvester Brown cleared the way with a chainsaw.
For the second month in a row, the FOPP encountered a lot of trash in storm sewer inlets. This is a dangerous practice because anything dropped into the storm sewer will eventually end up in the city’s streams and its drinking water supply. Further, litter can cause clogging in the storm sewers and lead to flooding, which can damage property and cost city taxpayers money in repairs and labor.
The FOPP will hold one more park cleanup event before the winter on Nov. 28, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the Little City parking lot, off of Rhawn Street across from Holmehurst Avenue. Volunteers should wear long pants and comfortable shoes or work boots. Sleeves are recommended, along with bug spray and sunscreen. Community service hours are available. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 215–934-PARK or email to FOPPMonthlyCU@aol.com for information. ••