The Norristown Project declared May 21-30 CleanUpNorristown Week (technically 10 days, but since we'll lose a few days due to rain, it ends up being a week anyway). In today's Diary, I thought I'd post some updates to big cleanups going on around N-town. Maybe that will inspire everyone to tackle a small cleanup at their own home or possibly help out a neighbor.
First, Selma Mansion (Airy and Selma Sts.) is in Phase 2 of its exterior restoration. Remember last fall when the Norristown Preservation Society had carpenters and painters repair and refinish the exterior wood of the top 2 floors on the 1794 mansion? This month the workmen are back, repairing wood on the back porch and around the front entrance, and painting all the first floor wood. As more funds are raised, the plan is to repair the stucco. You'll be able to help the NPS raise money by coming to the History Day Festival at Selma next month on June 28th. Put it on your calendar and watch for forthcoming details.
Riverfront Park, as you probably know, took a major hit in the flood of April 30th. Our Dragon Boat Club has been putting forth a Herculean effort to clear the mud from the park and make it look great again, despite the distraction of having to retrieve one boat from a tree and another that was submerged. They're still working at getting their boathouse with its mural, Puff the Magic Dragon, out of the Schuylkill where it landed west of the DeKalb Street Bridge. The good news is that the dragon boats have been returned to the landing at Riverfront.
The Norristown Project will also gather for a
community cleanup at Elmwood Park at 9 am on Saturday the 24th. Elmwood
recently had a cleanup on Earth Day, when the municipality also painted
the bandshell, so hopefully that won't be as labor-intensive as
Riverfront. Still, let's make sure it looks good for the start of
As I said at the beginning, TNP is encouraging
residents to cleanup around the outsides of homes and apartment
buildings. As soon as the rain lets up, I intend to rake and prune my
front garden bed. If your house already looks beautiful, consider
helping elderly or disabled neighbors clean their front yards. If organizations like the Dragon Boat Club, the Norristown Project and the Preservation Society can take on big cleanups around town, the rest of us ought to at least tend to our own smaller spaces.
while you're cleaning up around your house, if you find any hazmat
collection materials (see the list on the county website), put them aside to bring to the Hazmat
Collection at Norristown Area High School next Saturday, May 31st, from 9-3.