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Lackawanna River Conservation Association’s Parker’s Landing Cleanup

The LRCA welcomes volunteers to join them on Saturday November 12th from 10 AM to 2PM at the Parker House on Parker Street in Scranton. Please share this call for volunteers with your family, friends and colleagues.  The LRCA is conducting a Tire Dump Clean Up in the woods next to the Parker House. There are several piles of tires. They estimate between 500 to 800 tires. There is also a variety of other debris that we will be picking up and placing into dumpsters.

Rendering of the Parker's Landing Recreation Area

Rendering of the Parker’s Landing Recreation Area

Following the tire clean up, the LRCA received a grant to make site improvements. They will be working with a contractor the following week to make the site improvements on this City owned Flood Control Land. They will be installing a gravel parking lot and improving access to the Lackawanna River for fishing and boating.

Other landscape improvements will be installed including gates to prevent access by dumpers. The parking area will be open to the public for River recreation access. This site will also serve as a trail head for a future section of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.

LRCA has been using the 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.

Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy clothing and foot ware. Volunteers are welcome to bring any additional brush cutting tools, chainsaws, shovels and rakes.

img_3041There 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. There will be electrical power and extension cords to set up a rim cutting area.

The tire dump clean-up and civic beautification project is facilitated by grants from the Keep America Beautiful, 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 Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Northeast Office/Keep Northeastern Pennsylvania Beautiful and the City of Scranton Department of Public Works to conduct this project.

For additional information please email director@lrca.org of call the LRCA at 570-347-6311.