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Fountain Farms Cleanup Scheduled Saturday

The Pompeston Creek Watershed Association are sponsoring this yearly event.

The (PCWA) will be holding its annual   from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday.

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 , 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.

paula July 20, 2011 at 01:50 AM
I think the prior article indicated boots would be available for volunteers wading in the creek. Is that correct or do you need to bring boots and gloves with you.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) July 20, 2011 at 03:37 AM
Paula—see the last sentence. Gloves, tools, boots and beverages will be provided by the PCWA.
Debbie Lord July 20, 2011 at 02:32 PM
Thanks for the article, Christina, see you Saturday? debbie
Cindy Pierson July 20, 2011 at 04:38 PM
Just a footnote - the map that appears above show the park somewhere in Pennsauken - it is actually on Willow Drive in Cinnaminson- you can turn right off of rt.130 north at the Mainline shopping center and follow Willow to the park, or turn right off of the highway at Andover, then right on Willow, or turn onto Willow from New Albany Road. You can also contact me for more info or directions 609-760-3223
Christina Paciolla (Editor) July 20, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Hm, I'm not sure why it wasn't showing up on the map but I've deleted it so there's no confusion. Yes, Fountain Farms is right on Willow Drive, between Rt. 130 and New Albany Road. Deb, I have a championship softball game at 10 a.m. but if it's over and you're still out there, I'll be there! Heck, I'll already be dirty, so what's some creek water?
Paula July 20, 2011 at 06:18 PM
Just wondering when the new playground equipment will be coming? My kids are so excited!
Cindy Pierson July 21, 2011 at 03:37 AM
I spoke to Don Brauckmann today, and he said that the new equipment has been ordered. However, he is unsure when it will arrive/be installed (problably this fall or next spring, slight possiblility it could be sooner). He asks that we all please be patient. On my part, I'm asking everyone to remember that there is a lot of paperwork and unavoidable red tape involved with the spending of grant money, and please don't use this as a springboard for any hostile or negative comments. This is a positive and happy thing, a community request has been acknowledged and is being handled! Let's keep it separate from any other things going on in the township, and say "thank you" to Don for his efforts in this matter.
Don Brauckmann July 21, 2011 at 10:47 AM
Thanks Cindy but to clarify, I said that I am in the process of ordering by obtaining price quotes and designs for the new play structure, not that it has been ordered. I hope to have this process completed very soon but like you said, there is a lot of paperwork and other stuff involved so I do thank everybody for their patience and I thank you Cindy for all you do. I'll keep everyone updated with progress.
Cindy Pierson July 23, 2011 at 11:39 PM
The cleanup today was very successful! Thank you to the dedicated people who braved the heat to help out, we couldn't do it without you! Check my blog for pictures and details!
Bridget July 24, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Thanks so much for being so good with my kids!! They are very proud of themselves for helping... :)
Debbie Lord July 24, 2011 at 07:24 PM
Thanks, Bridget, for their help and yours!!! debbie

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