Upcoming Workdays

Help Us in the Park

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For more information or to volunteer in the Wissahickon Valley Park, contact Volunteer Coordinator Christina Anthony at anthony@fow.org or 215-247-0417, ext.351.

Upcoming Work Days

 

6/3/17 from 9:00am-1:00pm
National Trails Day
Meet at Summit Ave and the Yellow Trail 

We celebrate National Trails Day every year with a trail work workday. The Wissahickon’s 50 miles of natural surface trail feel the effect of over 1.1 million user visits a year, in addition to the impact of increased storm water flows due to the urban landscape that surrounds the park. This all adds up to a lot of impact on a delicate piece of infrastructure. In order to keep the trails functioning, as well as keep excess soil out of our waterways, the trails require regular maintenance. This includes clearing drains, narrowing user widened trails, and maintaining proper out slope.

6/3/17 from 10:00am-12:00pm
Devil’s Pool Clean-up with United By Blue and REI
Meet at Valley Green Inn

Join United by Blue, REI Conshohocken, REI King of Prussia, the City of Philadelphia and Friends of the Wissahickon for our Devil’s Pool cleanup! UBB has partnered with over 10 REI stores in the northeastern United States for a two week cleanup road trip. Help us kick-off our trash-trek at Devil’s Pool and Wissahickon Creek, which runs through the beautiful Fairmount Park system before emptying into the Schuylkill River. All volunteers will receive an exclusive Cleanup Crew trucker hat! Sign-up here!

Summit Ave Trail Reroute
Saturdays 6/10, 6/17, 6/24 from 9:00am – 1:00pm
Meet at Summit Ave and the Yellow Trail 

In June, we will begin the long awaited Summit Ave reroute. At Summit Avenue, the Yellow trail enters the road for 2/10th of a mile before reentering the woods at Old Line Road. This is dangerous and not enjoyable for the many cyclists, equestrians, and hikers who use this popular trail segment. This project will relocated The Yellow Trail so it no longer enters the roadway. Due to the scope and nature of this project, it is difficult to know exactly what tasks will need to be preformed each workday, so come prepared to help tackle a variety of trail building tasks. Parking is somewhat limited in this area. There is a small parking lot at Old Line Road and Summit Ave that quickly fills. A second option would be to park along the road where the Yellow Trail enters, while a third option would be to park up on Cathedral Road and Glenroy, and hike the Yellow Trail to the work site, about a 10 minute walk.

Work Day Tips 

What to Bring

  • Sturdy boots/sneakers.
  • Clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty!
  • Your own reusable water bottle to help reduce waste.
  • Refreshments are usually provided at volunteer days, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own snacks.

Cancellation Details for Inclement Weather

  • Typically, we will work in a light rain or snow. (We’re tough like that.)
  • Workdays will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or snow, thunder and lighting, high winds, etc. Visit FOW’s Facebook page or this page for updates. If the workday is cancelled it will be posted by 8 am.

Recurring Work Days

Saturdays

There’s no better way to be friends than to help us in the park with trail maintenance, invasive weed removal, planting, and general clean-ups from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Join us for structure repair and construction from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinator Christina Anthony at anthony@fow.org or 215-247-0417 x351

Wednesdays

Can’t volunteer with FOW on the weekends but still want to help out?  Come work with the Wednesday Morning Crew each week from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. as we tackle projects throughout the park.

Third Saturday of the Month

Join Friends of Cresheim Trail to improve the trails in the Cresheim Creek area. Meet at the entrance at Lincoln Drive and Allen’s Lane at 10 a.m. Wear sturdy shoes, and long pants and long sleeves to protect against poison ivy. Tools and gloves provided and coffee and snacks will be served. (Yum!) For more information or to volunteer, contact Friends of Cresheim Trail at info@cresheimtrail.org or 215-715-9159.