Destination Schuylkill Project hosted “Hang Out to Help Out,” a green gathering at the Bourbon Blue in Manayunk on Feb. 5, to garner support and funding for its upcoming projects.
The group, which facilitates maintenance of trails, bridges and open space along the river, is purely volunteer-based.
“There are projects within our immediate community that we care about and that have really begun to change part of the neighborhood,” said Kay Sykora, director of Schuylkill Projects.
Many area activist groups, including Friends of Cynwyd Heritage Trail and Ivy Ridge Green, attended the event to encourage participation and speak about projects that have successfully taken shape.
Pete D’Amico of Ivy Ridge Green said his group recently cleaned up the tow path from Leverington Avenue to the Ivy Ridge train station, which was previously unusable and cluttered with weeds and trash.
To raise money for simple project necessities like tools and planting materials, guests bid on recycled and recreated artwork in a silent auction, while local band The Keystone Mountain Boys played a live set of bluegrass tunes.
The evening’s donations will be supporting 10 to 12 new projects in the area, including the re-opening of the Manayunk Bridge and a playground in East Falls.
“We’re celebrating the river and our vibrant community,” said Annie Scott, project manager for Schuylkill Projects.
Likewise, Chris Kingsley, co-founder of Ivy Ridge Green, thanked friends for their continual support. “We’ve done a great job so far. Onward and upward!”