Volunteers Clean Up Tacony Creek Park & Newtown Avenue with critical partners

Spring is officially here– which means warmer weather, longer days, and opportunities to volunteer outside! What better way to kick off the spring season than with the Streets Department annual Philly Spring Cleanup?

Thirty volunteers from across our watershed gathered at the Tacony Creek Park gateway at Newtown Avenue & Adams Avenue on Saturday, April 6 to improve the health of our creek and park by removing trash and litter along Newtown Avenue and invasive species in Tacony Creek Park.

Justin DiBerardinis, new TTF Executive Director warmly welcomed the volunteers, sharing the importance of keeping Tacony Creek Park and Newtown Avenue clean and safe for the community. We were honored to host this day with Councilman Anthony Phillips and other partners, including State Representative Anthony Bellmon for their leadership in working to keep our communities clean and green. We so appreciated their presence and hard work, as well as their staff’s time and energy.

Volunteers split into groups to clean at opposite ends of Newtown Avenue and meet in the middle of the street to tackle a large pile of illegal dumping. 

While some volunteers focused on cleaning along Newtown Avenue, others moved into Tacony Creek Park by the Adams Avenue Bridge. They removed trash from along the streambank as well as Porcelain Berries from the trees that had become overgrown. Porcelain Berry is an invasive species that spreads quickly, blocking access to sunlight and other nutrients for native plants. The group removed over 40 bags of trash, 10 bags of invasive plants, several tires, and more!

View photos from the cleanup HERE

Let’s keep working together to keep Tacony Creek Park a clean, green space for our community. 

Check out our calendar for future cleanup and events HERE!  Interested in hosting a cleanup? Contact Malcolm@ttfwatershed.org.

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