Several members of the Philadelphia Mountain Bike Association and Friends of the Wissahickon got together with staff from Fairmount Parks Commission and did some clearing of a meadow within Wissahickon Park just off Cathedral Rd. Young and old, cyclists, hikers and equestrians all pitched in to clear out trees, vines and underbrush that was threatening some of the indigenous trees and plant life in the meadow. Volunteers used chainsaws, bow saws and sheers to tear out the unwanted elements and put them through a shredder. Remaining stumps were sprayed in order to prohibit them from coming back to life.
While FOW has long been a driving force behind volunteer maintenance at Wiss, the newly formed PMBA is hoping to bolster efforts to keep the park and it's multi-user trail systems groomed for everyone to use by encouraging it's members to volunteer for these monthly work days. The work was hard, but the rewards will be a better maintained recreation area and trail system, and hopefully better relationships between the diverse communities that use the park.
For more information on PMBA go to www.phillymtb.com. Information on FOW can be obtained at www.fow.org.
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