Dozens of Temple students and community members gathered together on Saturday with the sole purpose of cleaning up Tacony Creek Park. This initiative was directed by Temple University’s Office of Sustainability, in partnership with the Born to Play Philly and the Tookany-Tacony Frankford Watershed.
Community members had multiple reasons behind why they chose to clean up this creek park instead of other ones, but some stated it was a simple choice.
“Well, Why not?” said Maurice Pickney, a father of three whose sons play for the Born to Play sports league.
Temple students arrived in a Temple ‘T Perseverance Conquers’ bus, grabbed their gloves and their trash bags and immediately got to work.
Director of Sustainability at Temple, Kathleen Grady, says even she was surprised about the turnout.
“I feel amazing– overwhelmed. I feel overwhelmed with gratitude. We had a full busload of folks coming from Temple. We have Temple alum here today, and it just feels really great.” Grady said.
One Temple student says she’s glad more people are working towards a sustainable environment
“It was just planned by the Office of Sustainability.” Ritapa Neogi, a junior Geography and Urban studies double major said. “And I guess a lot of people turned up. I didn’t think so many people would come, but the bus was full. I guess a lot of people are paying attention to the Sustainability office.
The Founder of Born to Play says he, his team and his family are not strangers to cleaning up their community.
“We try to do this every three months,” Jose Rivera said. “We try to clean up our fields, and make our community a better place–a safe place to play baseball.”