Burlington County seeks volunteers for county park clean up days

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Burlington County Freeholder Mary Ann O’Brien has announced that the Burlington County Freeholders are seeking volunteers through the Clean Communities Office to participate in the first of three county park cleanup days scheduled to take place during September and October.

“We’re excited to announce that Burlington County residents will once again have the opportunity to be a part of a worldwide cleanup by volunteering,” O’Brien said. “Now in its sixth year, our County Park Clean Up Days have seen hundreds of volunteers of all ages donating their time for a good cause.”

For all events, volunteers are encouraged to bring drinking water and wear long pants, long sleeves, long socks and sturdy close-toed shoes that can get muddy. Bags and gloves will be provided. Participants younger than age 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and letters documenting volunteer community service will be available to students. (Severe weather will cancel the event.)

The first cleanup day is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24 at Willingboro Lakes Park, on 4154 N. Route 130, in Willingboro. Volunteers will help inventory and collect litter around the park and along the lakes. The cleanup runs from 9 a.m. until noon (sign in begins at 8:45). Volunteers will meet at the main entrance of the park. Park information: Willingboro Lakes Park

“Last year, 144 volunteers donated over 332 hours to help cleanup at County Parks and events, collecting 2,540 pounds of litter,” O’Brien said.

Other cleanup days in Burlington County include:

— Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to noon, at Amico Island Park, Norman Avenue, Delran.

Volunteers will help inventory and collect litter and debris along the trails and shoreline of this 55 acre Park. The litter that is inventoried and collected will then be submitted to the Ocean Conservancy to contribute to the International Coastal Cleanup database. This database contains litter and debris that is collected all over the world between Sept. 17 and Dec. 21.

— Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon, at Pennington Park, 801 Creek Road, Delanco.

For the sixth year, volunteers will help inventory and collect litter along the shoreline of the Rancocas Creek at this 140- acre park. Like the Amico Island Park cleanup, this cleanup is also a part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Litter collected will contribute to an international litter database that will be released in 2017.

Registration for these events is requested for planning, but feel free to just show up. Individuals should contact the Clean Communities office at cleancomm@co.burlington.nj.us, or (609) 499–1001, ext. 266 and provide name, town, email, and phone number.