1st Annual Aston Township Clean-Up Day a huge Success
More than 100 volunteers gathered on May 2 for the first annual Aston Township Clean-Up Day. Supplied with trash bags and gloves, the volunteers headed to 10 sites throughout the township to pick-up debris and brush.
The brain-child of Aston 2nd Ward Commissioner Carol Graham, the event was a long time coming. For many years, Graham joined with the Chester Ridley Creek Watershed (CRC) and a few volunteers to clean the west branch of the Chester Creek. As the number of volunteers increased, so did the sites, which included Poore and Fisher Parks.
The Park and Recreation Committee decided to extend the clean-up day to the entire township and Graham proposed the idea to her fellow commissioners, who steadfastly supported the effort.
The recreation committee called on Sun Valley Principal Pete Donaghy to enlist some volunteers from the student body and the response from the staff, coaches and students at the high school was overwhelming.
“These wonderful children are the future of our community” said recreation committee member Nancy Bowden, who was joined by members of the Sun Valley High School baseball team at Savage Park on Seward Lane.
At Bridgewater Farms Park in the 7th Ward, Julia Shicatano convinced a few of her friends to volunteer for the event. “I remember playing in this park when I was little,” Julia said. “I think it’s important for families to have a safe and clean place to go with their young children. It’s what I like most about Aston.”
Park and Recreation Committee member Maggie Berry was joined by Jeffery Johnson and Jared Creegan and members of the Sun Valley Boys Lacrosse team as well as some local residents to clean the area of Concord Square Park, located on Surry Lane. A full basketball court, a children’s play set and huge open grass area make this one of the most beautiful parks in the township.
Similar levels of participation were experienced at all 10 official clean- up sites. Commissioner Jon Firlein was thrilled to see so many volunteers in the 4th ward participating in the event.
“It’s just fantastic to see all of these folks pitching in to keep our town looking great,” Firlein said.
Graham split her time between Lewis H. Fisher and Poore Parks, both located on Mount Road in the Aston Mills and Rockdale sections of the township. She was joined by the Sun Valley football team, as well as park and recreation committee members Cyndi Lopchinsky, Kit Spayd, Alma Carroll and Florence Fisher.
“What an absolutely lovely day for this event” said parks and recreation committee member Florence Fisher.
The Parks and Recreation Committee wishes to express appreciation to the Penn-Delco teachers and staff, and especially Pete Donaghey; Susan Crowley, Susan Lessick and all of the sports teams and coaches, including softball, baseball, football and lacrosse teams; and of course, the all of the students who participated.
In addition, the following parks and recreation committee members deserve a huge thank you: Cyndi Lopchinsky, Kit Spayd, Alma Carroll, Maggie Berry, Nancy Bowden and Florence Fisher.
Also, the Aston Township Public Works department, Commissioner Jon Firlein, fire and emergency personnel, local boy Scouts and most importantly the volunteer students and residents that joined in to make ASTON-BEAUTIFUL.
From Bridgewater to to Mount Roads and everywhere in between,
on May 2nd Aston Residents joined together to make
Official 2015 Aston Clean Up Day Sites
Aston Valley View Park: Vinsmith Ave. & Bonsall Ave.
Bridgewater Farms Park: Baldwin Run Drive & S. Bent Lane
Collins Park: Norman Street (off of Crystal Rd.)
Concord Square Park: Surrey Lane, between Wickersham and Hetherton
Lewis H. Fisher Park: Mount Road & Maple Ave.
North Lamp Post Lane Park: Lamp Post Lane & Tuscany Road
Poore Park: New Road & Mount Road
Savage Park: Seward Lane
Township Community Center Lawn: 3270 Concord Road
Woodbrook Park: Lamp Post Lane & Weathervane Road