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Residents from two townships join in cleanup
Two townships teamed together April 18 to take on the trash in a border area.

The Abington Cheltenham Cleanup Day was organized by Glenside resident June Parkinson in honor of Earth Day to take care of the area around the Keswick Avenue train underpass that borders the two townships.

“I looked at the Earth Day Web sites for Abington and noticed that there was nothing in my area and I looked at the Environmental Advisory Council Web site, and there was nothing around here, nothing in Glenside. So I started thinking about that bridge” said Parkinson, who is currently running as a Democrat for Abington Ward 12 commissioner.

According to Parkinson, approximately 30 volunteers showed up for the project, picking up trash and rocks. The event was schedule from 9 to 10:30 a.m., but many of the volunteers kept working past the scheduled completion.

“For anyone who ever thought that trash doesn’t stay around forever, they should have seen this. It was like archeology. I found a Pepsi bottle from when NutraSweet first came out on the market. There were 20-year-old beer bottles and beer cans and car parts. It was great to get that cleaned up,” said volunteer John Spiegelman.

Some volunteers stayed as late as 2 p.m. to get the entire area around and below the train tracks cleaned and ready for gardening. The plan, said Parkinson, is to turn the area into a community garden.

“There are people who are donating plants that would thrive in that kind of hostile area for vegetation. In about a month we’re going to regroup and do plantings,” Parkinson said.

The volunteers came from both Abington and Cheltenham to aid in the beautification of their shared neighborhood. The workers signed in and provided contact information for future plans for the area. Aside from the garden, Parkinson also plans to refurbish and add to the existing mural of an American flag on the underpass wall.

“We live right next to each other. It’s nice when neighbors who live right across the border can work together on a common project that will benefit both sides of the neighborhood,” Spiegelman said.

According to Parkinson this will be an ongoing project. It is supported by the EACs of both Abington and Cheltenham. Volunteers offered to return as soon as additional mulch arrived to get the future garden ready for planting.

“Everyone is so devoted to this, so enthused. We had people driving by and honking and thanking us and some even stopped to help us. It was nice to see,” Parkinson said.

[ For pictures from the project, click here]
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