The Abington Club’s New Stream Restoration Expands Outdoor Education for MontCo Residents, Earns Praise of Local Leaders

Jamilee Hoffman
Apr 18, 2024

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                          April 18, 2024

The Abington Club’s New Stream Restoration Expands Outdoor Education for MontCo Residents, Earns Praise of Local Leaders

JENKINTOWN, PA – Montgomery County business leaders, water health advocates, elected officials, and residents are celebrating the launch of a new project to restore the banks of Shoemaker Run, a tributary of the Delaware River that flows for 900 feet through the grounds of the Abington Club. Thanks to the work of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc. (TTF) and a $234,838 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the effort will reduce flooding and pollution in the stream while creating native plant and wildlife habitat for the community to enjoy.

“The Abington Club is a vital hub for networking, youth education, and outdoor access in Montgomery County,” said Justin DiBerardinis, Executive Director of TTF. “The Shoemaker Run restoration exemplifies our commitment to spaces that boost community and economic wellness while protecting clean water.”

“The amount of time, work, and energy that the entire TTF Watershed staff have put into starting this project is unprecedented,” said Mark Cole, Abington Club’s president. “I can’t thank them all enough for what they have done.”

Over the years, TTF has implemented and leveraged more than $2.4 million in green stormwater infrastructure projects in Abington and Cheltenham through in-kind contributions by community partners and volunteers. Their work with the privately owned Abington Club on Shoemaker Run signals a growing interest in business-conservationist partnerships that foster flood-resilient neighborhoods and generate new green jobs.

A home to over 850,000 residents, Montgomery County is the third largest in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” emphasized Devi Ramkissoon, executive director of The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) and a longtime partner of TTF. “With businesses like the Abington Club and partners like TTF and SBN, Montgomery County has the potential to set an industry standard for the entire state and create greater opportunities for economic growth.”

Along with business partnerships, state and federal resources are also instrumental in creating flood-resilient, community green spaces. The support of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and local legislators helped make the Shoemaker Run effort possible. “This work demonstrates how important this project is to the community and all of the partners,” emphasized Erin Lewis, Director of NFWF’s Delaware River Program. “I look forward to seeing the finished product and what TTF continues to accomplish in the future.”

PA Senator Art Haywood, 4th District, captured the importance of Shoemaker Run for his constituents. “These creeks are a place for mental health restoration. When I, along with others, set out to create a sustainable Cheltenham, this was the vision; that together, we can create an environment that is sustainable, that we all desire.”

PA Representative Ben Sanchez, 153rd District, added to the praise for Shoemaker Run: “This is yet another transformative project among the many recent and significant investments in the local portion of our watershed made possible by TTF and other valued community partners. TTF will always have my support for these impactful local stormwater management efforts, and I look forward to our continued partnership.”

The project is expected to be completed by mid-summer. You can see the project by checking in at the Abington Club office or stopping by the 1910 Bar & Grill.

For more information, please contact Jamilee Hoffman at jamilee@ttfwatershed.org 

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