Our Dream Van (Creek Force 1) is Ready to Fly!

Emilie Wetzel
May 22, 2019


To better support our clean water work, TTF raised funds to purchase the  “TTF Dream Van”…and just in time for National Drinking Water Week (May 5 – 11), we had the van wrapped with our mascot, the Great Blue Heron, a bird that calls Tacony Creek home.

We’re on the move every day, from Jenkintown to Frankford, and everywhere in-between, teaching, cleaning, planting, and advocating for clean water in our watershed. For the past 13 years, our organization has relied both on personal vehicles and rental vehicles, which was inefficient and failed to meet the demands of our programming.

Through strategic fundraising this past winter, our donors helped us raise the $15,000 need to purchase this van, setting a new fundraising record for us! We named the once “TTF Dream Van” through an email voting campaign, and supporters decided on “Creek Force 1 through a popular vote!

Owning our own Sprinter Passenger Van opens so many doors for us, allowing us to better serve the community. It allows us to transport our Creekmobile, an 8-foot-long mobile environmental education center, as well as tools, trees and shrubs for creek-side plantings, wheelbarrows and supplies for trash clean-ups, and rain barrels and tables for neighborhood events.

Evan Lovett and Justin Bertsch of V.U.R.T. Creative, (an art advocacy nonprofit) enhanced Creek Force 1, creating and wrapping it with this moving mural just in time for Drinking Water Week, observed each year to recognize the critical role drinking water plays in our daily lives. 

This year’s theme, “Protect the Source,” encourages the public to learn more about the sources of their drinking water and why its protection is critical to our health. This beautiful van will help us host our creek-side plantings, trash clean-ups, and outreach, leading to cleaner, healthier waterways for the people and wildlife that rely on our creeks.

Creek Force 1 made its first official public appearance at our Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony and Reception at our home at the Globe Dye Works on Wednesday, May 15.

We’re excited to being more visible, more productive, and more involved in our watershed communities thanks to this beautiful vehicle.

Beep and wave when we see you on the streets and trails, in the parks and along our creeks from Jenkintown to Juniata Park, and in between!

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