Each year, more than 100 volunteers gathered in May for the 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.
Sun Valley Baseball at Savage Park
The recreation committee calls on Sun Valley administrators to enlist volunteers from the student body and the response from the staff, coaches and students at the high school is 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.
Julia Shicatano at Bridgewater Farms Park
At Bridgewater Farms Park in the 7th Ward, students convince a few of their friends to volunteer for the event. “I remember playing in this park when I was little,” Julia S. 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 members are joined by 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.
Sun Valley Boys LAX at Concord Square Park
Similar levels of participation are experienced at all 10 official clean- up sites. Township Commissioners are was thrilled to see so many volunteers in the wards participating in the event.
“It’s just fantastic to see all of these folks pitching in to keep our town looking great,” said former Commissioner Jon Firlein.
Graham splits 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 is joined by the Sun Valley football team, as well as Park & Recreation committee members to make Aston Beautiful.
Sun Valley Football and residents at Lewis H. Fisher Memorial Park
The Parks and Recreation Committee wishes to express appreciation to the Penn-Delco teachers and staff, and all of the sports teams and coaches, including softball, baseball, football and lacrosse teams; and of course, the all of the students who participate in this event each year.
Also, the Aston Township Public Works department, fire and emergency personnel, local boy Scouts and most importantly the volunteer students and residents that work continuously to make ASTON-BEAUTIFUL.
Each year, from Bridgewater to Mount Roads and everywhere in between, Aston Residents join together to make…