Irene was a hurricane or a tropical storm when it passed through your state,
the result was probably the same: lots of wind and lots of rain.
later, a number of affected regions are still without power, and emergency
crews are doing their best to clean up an extraordinary amount of damage to
homes and public infrastructure.
also bad news for parks and trails. Park authorities and trail managers this
week announced many popular spots would be closed as they scrambled to remove
trees and debris, and clear washouts from flooding. If you are a
fan of your local trail, this is your chance to roll up your sleeves and show
A number of
volunteer groups are organizing worker bees this Labor Day weekend to help
re-open storm-damaged trails.
Philadelphia, the Schuylkill River Park Alliance, Schuylkill River Development
Corporation and Friends of Schuylkill Banks are meeting Saturday morning for a
volunteer clean-up along the Schuylkill River Trail. Workers will meet at the Race Street Entrance to the Trail
at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
friends are mobilizing on facebook and blogs to muster volunteer crews.
If you are
looking for something great to do this Labor Day weekend, reach out to your
local trails group and see if you can lend a hand.
Photo of trail damage in Philadelphia courtesy of Schuylkill River Park Alliance.
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Ct., NW
Washington, DC 20037