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Braskem - FDR Park Trash & Litter Cleanup

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 from 9:00am to 12:00pm (ET)
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Fairmount Park Conservancy's corporate stewardship program offers unique, hands-on outdoor volunteer opportunities for crporate groups in Philadelphia's world renowned park system.  Our workdays are custom designed around your team's interests, needs, and schedule and led by our team of professional volunteer coordinators. We guarantee your team's experience with us will be rewarding, engaging, and memorable.

Site Information 
The 350-acre FDR Park in South Philadelphia was designed by renowned landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers and first opened in 1921. The city's only remaining intact estuary habitat, FDR Park was once a vast marsh connecting the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers. Today, the park contains several lakes and waterways that drain into the Schuylkill River, several athletic fields and tennis courts, picnic areas, and historic structures. Fairmount Park Conservancy recently released a 30-year master plan for FDR Park that calls for $250 million of investment in the park's ecological core and recreational amenities over the next ten years. Please see this link for more information.

Project Information 
Volunteers will work to clean up litter and short dumping debris from lake edges and the surrounding natural areas. Volunteers will separate recyclable materials from waste headed to the landfill, gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges of dealing with plastics and trash in waterways. Volunteers will use trash bags and trash grabbers, and some may use waders to collect trash from the lake edges. By removing litter, Braskem volunteers will help to keep plastics contamination out of FDR's waterways, which are critical habitat for both plants and animals.

All volunteers are eligible to receive a free membership to the Fairmount Park Conservancy. More info on membership benefits here.

Timeline for Event
9:00am     Arrival and Registration (in front of the Boat House)
9:15am     Welcome Remarks, Project & Safety Overview
9:30am     Work
11:30am   Call to Stop Work & Gather Tools
11:45am   Closing Remarks
12:00pm   Event Ends

Frequently Asked Questions
Where should I park? Where do we meet?
Please park in the lot between the boat house and the Swedish Museum. We will meet at the bottom of the boat house steps. Map link:

What should I wear?
Sturdy, closed-toe shoes like boots or sneakers (no ballet flats, flip flops, or sandals) are required. We also recommend wearing long pants that cover your ankles. In general, please wear comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Volunteers are also required to wear gloves while working. Gloves will be provided, but you are also welcome to bring your own. You may also want to consider wearing a hat or sunglasses. 
Will there be water on site? 
Please bring a reusable water bottle; we will have water jugs available to refill your bottles.
Is there a place to keep my personal belongings? 
There is not a locked or enclosed area for personal belongings. We recommend leaving personal items locked in your vehicle. 
Should I bring anything else? 
All tools and materials will be provided, including work gloves. We ask all participants to bring their own reusable water bottle. In addition, please consider bringing a snack, sunblock, a hat – anything you will want or need in order to feel comfortable working outdoors for a few hours. If you have allergies (including to bees), please remember to bring your medications or EpiPen. We will supply water, a small selection of healthy snacks, and first aid basics at the registration desk.
Are there bathrooms on site? 
There are portable bathrooms near the site.
Pro Tips
Work at a moderate pace. If you have any questions, no matter how big or small, please stop and ask the volunteer leaders before proceeding with the task. Enjoy the park. Enjoy your teammates. After the event, help us spread the word about the mission of Fairmount Park Conservancy.
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Requirement Details
-This event is for Braskem employees only.
-All volunteers are required to sign a waiver and release when registering for this event.
-Volunteers must wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes like boots or sneakers.
-Volunteers must wear gloves while working.
-We strongly recommend wearing long pants that cover your ankles.
PerksAll participants may receive a complimentary membership to the Fairmount Park Conservancy which includes discounts at partners institutions, invitations to member events, and other benefits.
Parking DetailsParking is available in the lot between the American Swedish Historical Museum and the Boathouse:
CausesEnvironment Environmental Education Park Cleanup
Sustainable Development Goals
39 Positions Filled | 37 Impacts | 111 Hours

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Location: Please meet at the FDR Park Boathouse - direct map link here:, FDR Park Boat House, 1500 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19145