Morristown’s second Parks and Ponds Day, co-sponsored by the Town of Morristown’s Clean Communities Program and Morristown Beautiful, is set to be held on Sat., Sept. 24, starting at 9 a.m. at Burnham Park. This year’s event builds on the success of and enthusiastic participation in the 2013 activity, held at Speedwell Lake, when town waterways, public parks and open spaces were cleaned and invasive barberry and multiflora rose bushes were removed from the pathways at Footes Pond, under the direction of the Great Swamp Watershed Association.
Throughout town, volunteers will focus on ensuring clean water and water preservation, sustainability and invasive species removal, as well as litter abatement and environmental improvement at Burnham Lake, Footes Pond and Speedwell Lake.
Volunteers will muster at 9 a.m. at Burnham Park on Washington Street for registration and their work assignments. At 11:30 a.m., they’ll return to the park for a cookout and Eco-Fair that will feature water education activities. Groups participating in the fair include The Sierra Club, the Whippany River Coalition, Sustainable Morristown, the Great Swamp Watershed Association, Unity Charter School, Trout Unlimited, Morristown Environmental Commission, Morristown Partnership and Morristown Beautiful.
The day’s events also will include a Rubber Duck Race at 12:30 p.m., during the cookout and Eco-Fair. All volunteers in the Parks and Ponds Day are eligible and encouraged to participate in the race. The winner of the race will receive a Morristown gift certificate donated by the Morristown Partnership.
For further information, to register in advance or to request a particular work location, contact Kathleen O’Neill Margiotta, Morristown Clean Communities Program coordinator, Morristown Department of Public Works; Kfirstname.lastname@example.org; 973-644-4363.
Morristown Beautiful, Inc., is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization of volunteers, supported by tax-deductible contributions, that is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Morristown and its environment through beautification, education and litter abatement programs.