Tuesday, November 8, 2016

LRCA: Volunteers Needed For Tire Pile Cleanup In Scranton On Nov. 12

The Lackawanna River Conservation Association and its partners are seeking volunteers to help clean up 500 to 800 tires at the Parker House property on Parker Street in Scranton on November 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy clothing and footwear and LRCA welcomes brush cutting tools, chainsaws, shovels and rakes.
There is also an urgent need for volunteers with reciprocating saws (Saws-All’s) with demo/metal cutting blades to cut away some of the tires that may still be attached to wheel rims.  Electrical power and extension cords will be available to set up a rim cutting area.
Following the tire clean up, LRCA has secured a grant to make site improvements. A contractor will be working the following week to make the site improvements on this City-owned Flood Control Land.  A gravel parking lot and improving access to the Lackawanna River for fishing and boating will be installed.
Other landscape improvements will be installed including gates to prevent access by dumpers.  The parking area will be open to the public for Susquehanna River recreation access.  This site will also serve as a trailhead for a future section of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.
LRCA has been using this site as the launching location for ShiverFest.  Access to the gravel bar adjacent to the Parker Street Bridge will be improved with a pathway and a ramp graded down to the shore line to facilitate easy access for launching and landing canoes and kayaks and also to allow fishing access to the Class ‘A’ Trout Fishery.
This tire dump cleanup and civic beautification project is facilitated by grants from the Keep America Beautiful Foundation, the Lowe’s Foundation as well as a grant and in-kind contribution by Waste Management and Alliance Landfill.  
The LRCA is collaborating with the PA Environmental Council’s Northeast Office and the City of Scranton Department of Public Works to conduct this project.
Questions should be directed to LRCA by sending email to: director@lrca.org or call 570-347-6311.
For more information on programs, initiatives and other upcoming events, visit the Lackawanna River Conservation Association website.

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