Volunteers, Comcast Work Saturday To Clean Creek

POTTSTOWN PA – Sprogel’s Run may never look so spiffy as it could after Saturday (April 30, 2011) when volunteers from several Pottstown area groups, and about 75 employees of Comcast Corp. and their family members and friends, work to clean a portion of the stream in Upper Pottsgrove (PA) Township.

Part of Sprogel's Run in Upper Pottsgrove's Sunset Park, which borders Maugers Mill Road (above right) and includes beautiful forest land (left), will be the site of a clean-up Saturday.

Among workers scheduled to help with the clean-up of both Sprogel’s and Goose runs, from 9 a.m. to noon in the area of the township’s Sunset Park, are members of the Pottstown chapter of ACLAMO, the Gallery School of Pottstown, township officials, and representatives of the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation.

Other members of the public are welcome to join in. Volunteers will begin assembling at 8 a.m. at the township public works building, 1420 Heather Pl., Pottstown PA, for registration and instructions. Buses and other vehicles will then shuttle them to the work sites. Wearing work gloves, durable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing is recommended.

The more-than-20-acres park stretches along parts of North Charlotte Street and Orlando and Maugers Mill roads just west of the Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township line, near the School Lane entrance to Pottsgrove High School.

For Comcast, its involvement in the clean-up comes on what the company is promoting as “Comcast Cares Day,” according to spokesman Jeff Alexander. Comcast employees across the country Saturday will participate in more than 620 projects and what Alexander claimed constitutes “one of the largest single-day corporate volunteer efforts” in the U.S.

Comcast has been awarded cable television franchise agreements in the borough of Pottstown and most of its surrounding municipalities, including Upper Pottsgrove.

In Saturday’s effort, the volunteers will pull debris from about a mile of the waterway, creek banks and park trails for disposal, as well as better defining the trails with placement of new mulch. “We’ll work as far along as we can” in the time allotted, Alexander said, and “we’ll also have a small crew at (nearby) Hollenbach Park.” The project was selected by Comcast for its help after meetings with the township and foundation, he added.

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