Kern Park clean up Oct. 4; volunteers needed

The Kern Park Association, as part of the Pequabuck River Watershed Association spring cleanup, will hold a “trail clean up” Saturday, Oct.4.

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

“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 said in a news release about the clean-up. “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 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. Volunteers should meet at Ivy Drive School between 8 and 8:15 a.m..

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.