Members of the community are encouraged and invited to join association members clean debris from the creek, pull invasive plants and pick up trash.
Now in its eighth year, Cindy Pierson, president of the PCWA, said interesting items are always found in the creek—items that shouldn’t be there.
“We have pulled the most amazing stuff out of the creek,” Pierson said. “Why would you drag a couch all the way to the creek?”
Pierson said she and her crew have found rain gutters, bicycles and more. And, even though that part of the creek is low, it still affects the water quality.
“This is right where the two branches of the creek meet,” Pierson said. “Then, it goes into Lakeview and there’s a dam, then tidal.”
With minimal rain recently, Pierson said, cleanup should be a snap since the water is so low.
The PCWA will provide all the tools needed for the cleanup and even have a baby pool filled with cold water to cool off in. Pierson said she and others will be heading out early to beat the heat since temperatures are expected to be in the upper 90s.
Fountain Farms Park is well on its way to improving, Pierson said, now that the new grass has been seeded and a new jungle gym has been ordered, according to Deputy Mayor Don Brauckmann, director of parks and recreation.
Pierson said a spot they want to tackle are the invasive plants around the end of the creek.
“They are really hard to get rid of, but we should be able to get a lot of it out,” Pierson said.
She also wants to encourage the township to plant silky dogwood, a shrub good for that area.
Pierson hopes for a good turnout this year.
“We encourage people to bring their kids with them,” Pierson said. “It’s good to teach the kids. This is something the people, the community, should do—take care of our open spaces.”
Gloves, tools, boots and beverages will be provided.