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 Workdays

Summit Ave Trail Reroute
Saturdays 8/19, 8/26 from 9:00am – 1:00pm
Meet at Summit Ave and the Yellow Trail 

We got a lot of work accomplished at the Summit Avenue reroute site this June. The first segment of trail is almost completely machine cut; tons of rocks have been installed as chokes and retaining walls, a log ride started, and lots and lots of raking, shoveling, lopping, and trail finishing have been completed. That said, there is still lots to do such as more stone work, finish work, and trail building through a tough patch of wisteria. Not to mention a spur trail to design and build and a creek crossing to negotiate.

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 relocate 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. Come out and help on Saturdays this July and August!

 

Workday 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 Workdays

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

Join us for structure repair and construction from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, contact Field Coordinator, John Holback at holback@fow.org or 215-381-2947

Thursdays

Join FOW on Thursdays for a morning of trail maintenance in the park! Work will consist of regular trail maintenance projects including repairing drains and grade reversals, repairing stone work, narrowing widened trails, and emergency trail repairs.  Meet at Pachella Field (6751 Henry Ave.) at 9:15am and plan on being on the trails starting at 9:30 and back at Pachella by 1pm. For more information or to volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Christina Anthony at anthony@fow.org.

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.