TTF is proud to have participated in the 18th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service with a clean up Tacony Creek Park at Friends Hospital. Over 60 volunteers came from across the watershed and region, representing One Brick, ASPIRA, Community Academy in Juniata and Abington Junior High School.
TTF is on a mission to make Tacony Creek Park a healthy and attractive destination for people who want to enjoy the city’s natural areas. Cleanups are a vital part of restoring and maintaining the health and vitality of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Creek and its watershed.
Did you know that chip bags, candy wrappers, gum and cigarette butts discarded on the sidewalks or out of car windows ultimately make their way from the street through the storm drain system and into the creek? During the cleanup, volunteers found plastic and bottles, as well as aluminum cans and paper products in and along Tacony Creek. The weirdest piece of trash pulled from the creek? A pair of water skis!
For more information on the challenges our watershed faces, visit TTF’s “Challenges” page.
We collected over 50 bags of trash and recyclables — this feat could not have been accomplished without our enthusiastic volunteers. We’d like to thank them all for coming out on such a cold day to devote their time and energy to our cause! We’d also like to thank the volunteer organizers, Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) and Friends Hospital.