Kern Park clean up on April 26

The Kern Park Association, as part of the Pequabuck River Watershed Association spring cleanup, will hold a “trail clean up” Saturday, April 26.

“KernPark is 29 acres of wetland habitat rich in bio-diversity,” explained Mary Rydingsward, Kern Park Association co-chair in a press release. “The association maintains five main trails and several side paths throughout the 29 acres of wetland.”

“The wetlands of KernPark are vital to preventing flooding throughout the IvyDriveSchool neighborhood and along Route 6. Acting as a natural sponge, wetlands store up to 1.5 million gallons of water per acre”, said Carl Swanson, president of the Pequabuck River Watershed Association. “Also, the wetland soil is a natural filter, purifying water that flows into our drinking supply.”

The event, co-sponsored by the Pequabuck River Watershed Association, will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers should meet at Ivy Drive School between 9 and 9:15 a.m. Bristol should be proud of its abundant natural water supply and its own chartered water company, the Bristol Water Department.

For more information on the Kern Park Association or the Pequabuck River Watershed Association spring cleanup contact Mary Rydingsward at (860)670 4761 or Richard Johnson at (860)582-5258.