Even though it looked like rain the Saturday morning of May 11, dozens of volunteers showed up to help the Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery during “Love Your Park ” week (May 11 – 18). Among the volunteers were employees of Verizon and members of the Friends of Cobbs Creek. Verizon has a “Green Team“ of 5,000 employee volunteers who participate in various programs that benefit the environment and the community. Verizon volunteer Nina Beasley, who came to Mount Moriah today, has a son who is buried on the Philadelphia side of the cemetery. She and co-worker Cynthia Crockett planned to tend to his grave after working with the majority of volunteers on the Yeadon side of the cemetery.
Members of the Friends of Cobbs Creek were also on hand to help clear Sections 121 and 123 on the Yeadon side. This group works to care for Cobbs Creek Park and the Cobbs Creek watershed – from Montgomery County to Delaware County and the City of Philadelphia. Friends of Cobbs Creek member Jerold Jones, who volunteered today at Mount Moriah, described a recent project in which the group is involved – the Morris Park Restoration. The goal is to transform the Morris Park section of Fairmount Park (near Malvern Avenue and 68th Street in West Philadelphia) into a native woodlands area. Planned are walking, hiking, and mountain biking trails through a 147-acre landscape restored to its natural state using all native plants and materials.
On “Love Your Park” day today at Mount Moriah, volunteers cut weeds, cleared graves, raked clippings, and dragged cut trees. In addition to organizing the effort, members of the Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery mowed grass with power mowing equipment and helped visitors find graves. The weather held out and it never did rain, so various Sections were cleared of trees and brush, and Sections 100, 102, and 121 had their grass cut. Yet another fabulous effort by everyone!