Park Volunteers Needed to Snip, Prune, Paint, Clean

POTTSTOWN PA – A new program called “Empower Your Park,” created by the Pottstown Area Regional Recreation Committee, hopes to enlist volunteers “to help keep the Pottstown area’s more than 40 local parks and trails in good condition,” its website explains.

The regional recreation committee has planned four events at which area volunteers can lend a hand and help maintain what it calls “the parks (they) know and love.” They’re scheduled for:

  • Saturday (Sept. 24) at Kenilworth Park from 1-4 p.m. on Park Drive in North Coventry Township, for tree care and disc golf course maintenance. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves and pruners, and assemble at the Park Avenue access;
  • Oct. 15 (Saturday) from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Memorial Park on West King Street in Pottstown Borough, for shed and park clean-up. Volunteers are asked to assemble at the parking lot near the Trilogy BMX track, and bring work gloves;
  • Oct. 15 from 9-11 a.m. at Sanatoga Park on South Sanatoga Road in Lower Pottsgrove Township, for painting and clean-up work. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves; and
  • Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at Althouse Arboretum on Gilbertsville Road in Upper Pottsgrove Township, for clean-up along the Sprogels Run Trail. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves and pruners.

Refreshments will be provided at all four sites. Those interested in helping are encouraged to show up for any or all events. The recreation committee invites you to fill out an online availability form, here.

“Empower Your Park is great way to get outside with your friends, family, and neighbors to give back to your local park or trail,” the recreation committee added.

Initially created in 2012 as a subgroup of the Pottstown Metropolitan Regional Planning Committee, the regional recreation committee became an independent entity in October 2020. It currently consists of seven municipalities – Douglass; Lower, Upper and West Pottsgrove townships; and the borough of Pottstown in Montgomery County; and North and East Coventry townships in Chester County.

The Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation, and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources also are members. The recreation committee maintains partnerships, as well, with the Schuylkill River Greenway Association and with Montgomery County.

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