Streetscapes’ Great Gateway Cleanup & Need Volunteers




Last Saturday’s Clean Up at Gateway was, by any measure, a great success. The bright, sunny and slightly cool morning was ideal for working outdoors. Seventeen motivated volunteers turned out and took full advantage of the conditions. They were: David Bower ( Parks and Recreation Volunteer Coordinator), Sharon Corbin, David Dannenberg Susan Dannenberg, Carol Davis, Jan DeRuiter, Carol Graeber, Nancy Kam, Dick Kessler, Doris Kessler, Mia Mengucci, Pat Moran, Ruth Neifeld, Michael Shellenbarger, Bob Simon, Petra Termini, and Barbara Torode (our photographer).

The group spread two truckloads of wood chips provided by the Department of Parks and Recreation. David Dannenberg, operating Friends of the Wissahickon’s ‘Ditch Witch,’ made rapid work of filling wheelbarrows…no more hand shoveling. Chips were spread in record time. We picked a winter’s worth of trash up along Lincoln Drive and Johnson Street, pruned shrubs, cut back perennial grasses, swept steps and sidewalks and planted pansies. All this under the watchful eye and supervision of Dave Bower, PP&R Volunteer Coordinator who also provided tools and other supplies.


Refreshments of coffee and apple cake were partly paid for by a passing motorist who handed us a $20 bill in appreciation of our efforts. We may be on to a new fundraising scheme here. One of the group suggested we put out a boot for donations, as is sometimes done in small towns by volunteer fire departments.

There is plenty more to do. We plan to continue the work on Saturday, April 23rd when we will paint the fence, do more sweeping, a little more mulching, weeding and trash pickup. All this will be to get ready for the Gateway dedication which will take place some time in May. Date will be announced soon.


Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers. We would be nowhere without you.

Doris Kessler
WMAN STreetscapes Committee
for the Gateway Committee

The Spring Cleanup Day is April 23, 2016, 9 AM to NOON

Volunteers meet at the Allen Lane Art Center, 601 W Allens Lane,  at 9 AM for assignments and coffee and regroup at the Center at noon for lunch. We have fewer trees to plant than usual, but need your help in preparing Emlen Circle (Emlen Street and Lincoln Drive) and the Gateway Project (Lincoln Drive and Johnson Street) for spring.

No experience necessary.  Tools and direction will be provided by trained Tree Tenders and other experienced Streetscapes volunteers.

Please join us.

To volunteer and for more information please contact Doris Kessler at this e-mail, or call 215.242.0651.