UPPER DARBY – Township public works crews were dispatched to an area of concern in Drexel Gardens Park after a neighbor invited the mayor for a visit.
Peggy Peters, who lives in the adjacent neighborhood, invited Upper Darby Mayor Barbarann Keffer to look at the area of the park behind the Planet Fitness off Lansdowne Avenue to see the trash that had accumulated.
A recent picture of the Drexel Gardens Park near Planet Fitness shows a cleared path, thanks to Upper Darby public works crews. (COURTESY OF UPPER DARBY TOWNSHIP)
A dirt path connects the neighborhood to the shopping center where the Planet Fitness is. Along the path, there had been several beer cans, water bottles and empty energy drinks. In an area in the woods closer to the creek, there was a fire pit with broken chairs and a shopping cart filled with trash.
Upper Darby spokeswoman Haley Quillen-Knox said public works crews were sent to the site and cleaned it out.
Pictures she provided showed a difference, with walkways cleared of debris.
These efforts come at a time when Upper Darby is launching its Friends of the Parks efforts, encouraging community members to volunteer in efforts to clean and maintain township parks. Anyone interested is asked to email the mayor at firstname.lastname@example.org or to call 610-789-3656 to find groups in a particular area.
Upper Darby Township public crews worked to clean up an area of Drexel Gardens Park. (COURTESY OF UPPER DARBY TOWNSHIP)
The mayor herself has been participating in cleanups for more than two decades, especially along the Darby Creek.
Of her Drexel Gardens visit, Keffer previously said, “I take the environmental well-being of our community very seriously, which is why I personally went along with Ms. Peters to see the affected area.”