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Residents: Help Clean Cinnaminson Parks Saturday

All seven parks will welcome volunteers to help clean up litter and debris.

Grab your rakes, wheelbarrows and shovels—this .

For the , Cinnaminson volunteers, families, sports organizations and more will hit the township’s seven parks to clean up trash and debris.

“It’s community unity, from our younger generation all the way up to our older generation,” said Christine Turner, organizer for the event.

Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, a township-wide cleanup effort will kick off, beautifying the parks for the upcoming spring sports season. Lead volunteers are assigned to each park to assign areas to those who wish to help. The township is providing bottled water and trash bags and volunteers are asked to bring other tools such as rakes or spades.

Mayor Don Brauckmann, also the director of parks and recreation, said several township employees will be working that day to help collect trash and provide resources where needed.

Mulch for six of the seven township parks will be laid for volunteers to spread out at the playground locations. Mulch for Fountain Farms will wait until the . Township committee to Lowell Hartzell Monday evening for the installation.

Several township businesses are donating their goods, Turner said, such as and Riverton Pool and Garden; they are donating flowers. Jersey Mike’s, , , , and Chick-Fil-A in Delran are donating food for volunteers. Euro Star Automotive Repair Experts made a monetary contribution.

The cleanup day is ahead of opening day for baseball and softball, which will be held on April 14 and both Wood and Memorial parks. Turner said doing the cleanup now sets the tone for the summer, and hopefully the parks can stay clean.

“Basically, when the township residents see everyone cleaning up, it encourages them throughout the year to keep the parks clean,” Turner said.

Brauckmann agreed and, as he’s said in the past, thinks when residents participate in events like cleanup days, it gives a sense of ownership.

“You get people taking stock,” Brauckmann said. “I like the idea of mobilizing the community, and getting them together to take pride in the parks.”

Brauckmann will be using some leftover paint to touch up the kickwall at Wood Park. Turner will be visiting each park, at least three times throughout the morning and afternoon.

Extension Park lead Doug Sell, just like last year, will be organizing a community barbecue after the cleanup.

Cindy Pierson, president of the Pompeston Creek Watershed Association, will be asking her volunteers to set up shop at East Riverton Park.

The event will be held rain or shine, however if rains are heavy, the event will be cancelled. That decision will be made by 8 a.m. Saturday. Check back here at Patch for updates.

Those who wish to help can go to their neighborhood park at 9 a.m. Saturday. For information, contact Christine Turner at shawncraigmom@aol.com.

The parks in Cinnaminson are: , , , , , and .

For pictures of last year's cleanup, .

Vote in this week's Readers' Choice poll where we ask readers what their favorite Cinnaminson park is. .

Be sure to visit the Patch booth at Wood Park Saturday morning. 

Cindy Pierson March 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM
I will have tools and gloves available at East Riverton Park. Hope to see you there!
Christine T March 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Thank you to Hunters Farm for your top soil donhation. Looking for a group of volunteers for Ravenswood Park. Come by or feel free to contact me. Looking forward to a great turnout. See you there!
terri caruso March 22, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Looking forward to a good turnout by Cinnaminson "Laxers" at Garfield Park.
Douglas Sell, Jr. March 22, 2012 at 01:31 PM
UPDATE: Extension Park We won't be having a BBQ due to the threat of rain, but we will have bottled water, juice boxes, Starbucks coffee (courtesy of Startbucks on Centerton Rd. in Mt. Laurel) and donuts/danish (courtesy of Cinnaminson residents Glenn and Cheryl Haegele via their bakery in Philadelphia).
Observer March 22, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Brought my family to this last year, and it definately had a nice "community feel" to it. This year, we'll (Family / Cinnaminson Soccer Club) be at Memorial and Wood. Looking forward to Saturday, hopefully the rain will not be a problem and many will assist.
Cindy Pierson March 22, 2012 at 08:59 PM
This clean-up and others like it are volunteer events. No tax dollars are spent. Hey, Patch! When are you going to block this idiot from commenting! Comments are rarely if ever relevant to the articles they are posted to, and I find the comments very offensive! I've flagged this jerk's comments as inappropriate, but they just keep coming back. It's a shame that some teacher in their past has made them so bitter, but don't subject the rest of us to these irrational rants! I'm a teacher, I don't have unlimited benefits, and didn't get into teaching for the perks or the money. I don't know of any teacher in Burlington County who comes close to what this twit says teacher's salaries are. If this person has ever worked in education at all, I would be stunned. If I have to be able to back up everything I say, and told that there are things I can't write, then this knucklehead needs to be banned from the patch.
AnoninCinna March 22, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Cindy - it's probably Chris Christie posting under these pseudonyms ;)
Cindy Pierson March 22, 2012 at 10:11 PM
tee hee
Cindy Pierson March 24, 2012 at 05:53 PM
We had a wonderful morning at East Riverton Park. Lisa Reilly was there bright and early organizing the volunteers. More info later, along with pix. In the meantime, thank you to everyone who turned out, and to Tom Brown from DPW!
Douglas Sell, Jr. March 24, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I'd like to echo Cindy's gratitude toward's Tom from Public Works. He was by the park a few times with tools, water, etc. Thanks everyone for putting in a few hours of hard work to make our town a better place and a big thanks to Christine Turner for spear-heading this worthwhile event in its second year.
Cindy Pierson March 24, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I've uploaded some of our pictures. Thank you to Laurie Clemons, Eman Mack, Elijah Mack, Jill Murray, Lisa Reilly, Craig and Cristine Turner, Anthony Thurman, Janelle and Nathaniel Emanuel, Matt Howard and Chris Turner, as well as Tom Brown from DPW!

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