Pennypack cleanup yields 34 bags of trash

Twenty-six volunteers worked a combined 74.5 hours to remove dozens of trash bags full of debris from Pennypack Park on July 22

Twenty-six volunteers worked a combined 74.5 hours to remove dozens of trash bags full of debris from Pennypack Park on July 22 during the monthly cleanup organized by the park’s friends group.

The participants focused their efforts on the area of the park along Torresdale Avenue between Enfield Avenue and Rhawn Street. Their haul of litter filled 34 trash bags, in addition to two bags of recyclable cans and assorted large items.

Some of the notable debris removed from the park included two shopping carts, a shopping basket, three car tires, one tire tread, a hubcap, an SUV running board, a bed sheet, a travel mug, 100 feet of garden hose, two small canning jars with unidentified contents, a fire extinguisher, a broken flower urn, a closet rod, a set of folding doors, a 50-gallon trash can, a bed frame, two large pieces of carpet padding, an air conditioner and cover, a 19-inch TV, a lawn chair, two folding chair frames, a leather dining room chair, a wallet, a broken baby stroller, a softball, a toy police badge, a packet of olive oil, a cast iron bell, three traffic cones, a bucket of broken glass, five panels of particle board, a metal pipe and two rusted iron frying pans.

Also during the event, one volunteer spotted a snake on a bicycle path and Tweeted a photo of the creature. The Pennsylvania Herpetology Survey replied to the Tweet, identifying the creature as a “rat snake” and asking for the location of its discovery. Pennsylvania Herpetology Survey seeks to log sightings of reptiles and amphibians, including turtles, in the park as part of its conservation efforts. Visit paherpsurvey.org for information.

The FOPP will host its next cleanup on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ball field on Holme Avenue behind Nazareth Hospital. Volunteers should wear long pants and appropriate footwear. Bug repellent and sunscreen are recommended. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. FOPP will supply gloves, tools and refreshments. Call 215–934-PARK for last-minute cancellation information. ••