Friends of Pennypack Park finds plenty of beer bottles and tires

Friends of Pennypack Park recently cleaned up the area near Sandy Run, a popular spot for underage drinking parties.

A few volunteers filled 10 bags of beer and Twisted Tea bottles.

Behind the parking lot at Austin Meehan Middle School is a popular spot for illegal dumping, with a bunch of tires found off Lexington Avenue.

Rich Glaser with a pile of tires near Lexington Avenue.

In all, 32 volunteers removed 75 bags of trash and cans.

Volunteers were Edward Davis, Brian Sample, Joe Murray, Karen Kaczorek, Lisa Green, Shannon Donahue, Girl Scout Troop 789 members Alice Merritt, Sophia Munoz and Brynn Wisniewski and leader Sarah Wisniewski, the Rev. Terri McNamara and Enrico Rossi of St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, Robert McMunn, Daniel Nesbitt, George Schlechter, Ralph Smith, Barbara Andress, Marion and Dave Brown, Linda Davies, Jason Trenchard, Jack Flood, Rich Glaser, Alan Kaminsky, Frank Gallagher, Will Toffling, Joyce Ferrero, Kevin Sweetra, George Scholl, Mike Kinkaid, Audrey Walmsley and Nance Kerns.

FOPP thanks Jim Hunsburger, of the city Department of Parks and Recreation, for hauling away the 73 bags of trash and two bags of cans.

The debris included 28 tires without rims, a milk crate, a 3-foot diameter rug, nine pieces of carpeting, a tarp, two twin mattresses, a snow shovel blade, six pieces of broken sled discs, a manual for a Dremel drill, a dust pan, a broken mop, a broken door, a broken cabinet, a piece of a computer keyboard, a modem, four flower pots, a garden hose, a creel, a garden stake, a bathroom tile, a tote, a comforter, a cardboard TV box, a Styrofoam cooler, a backpack, a plastic trash can and lid, a hand truck, a sink trap, a busboy dish bin, a 6-foot piece of duct pipe, an outdoor security light, four Rubbermaid tote lids (one of which said, “Grandma’s clothes”), an indoor/outdoor mat, a bunch of wood laminate flooring, an inhaler, a bag of smelly clothes, a metal crutch, a “PINK” hoodie, a tent, a sleeping bag, a set of used Tempera paints, two Gatorade water bottles, a JBL speaker, an old-fashioned wooden speaker, a dead basketball, a dead soccer ball, four golf balls, a drinking funnel, 40 patio blocks, a Heineken keg, a plastic bat, a Frozen-themed Razor scooter, a car strut, a hubcap, a Target receipt for Pringles, water, Chef Boyardee, Tastykake donuts, a banana and Chobani yogurt, a 5-gallon bucket, a 6-foot metal pole, a sign post, a yard sale sign, cardboard, a piece of pipe in concrete, a hunk of concrete, a bunch of wood with nails in it, two credit cards, a student desk chair missing the desk, a mangled mini yellow traffic cone, a mesh popup crate with QR code and a real estate sign.

FOPP wants people to report dumping by taking pictures of license plates and calling 911.

The next cleanup will be March 28, 2020 at the hidden ball field on Holme Avenue next to Nazareth Hospital. Email cleanup@friendsofpennypackpark.org or call 215-934-PARK. ••