Kern Park cleanup rescheduled for Saturday

The Kern Park Association has rescheduled its trail maintenance and clean up to Saturday, May 17. The association maintains five main trails and several side paths throughout the 29 acres of wetland.

“Kern Park is 29 acres of wetland habitat rich in bio-diversity,” explained Mary Rydingsward, Kern Park Association co-chair, in a press release.

“The wetlands of Kern Park are vital to preventing flooding throughout the Ivy Drive School 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, in a press release. PRWA is co-sponsor of the event. “Also, the wetland soil is a natural filter, purifying water that flows into our drinking supply. This is critical for a town such as Bristol, which operates its own Water Department.”

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers should meet at Ivy Drive School between 8 and 8:15 a.m..

“Let’s show our pride for Bristol’s abundant natural water supply and its own chartered water company”, stated Rydingsward in the press release.

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