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Shepherdstown Community Club plans work day at Morgan’s Grove Park

By Staff | Aug 21, 2020

Volunteers are needed to help clear growth from the stream at Morgan's Grove Park. Toni Milbourne

SHEPHERDSTOWN — Shepherdstown Community Club members are gearing up for a fall clean-up day at Morgan’s Grove Park on Sept. 19. They are seeking assistance from volunteer community members to help spruce up the park and make significant strides in clearing brush and debris.

“Our big goal will be the stream,” said SCC President Jennifer Wabnitz. “If we get the junk out of it, it flows better.”

The flow of the stream is essential in controlling the wetness of the soccer fields downstream so cleaning out the overgrowth is a task that must be managed throughout the year.

“Even though we clean it out in the spring, more junk grows back,” Wabnitz said. She added that park visitors playing in the stream, building rock bridges and stick forts also contributes to the back up.

“All of that is good summer fun,” Wabnitz said. “But, to prepare for the winter rain, we want a nice clear path for all that water.”

The work will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. and all are welcome to come out to volunteer for as long as they are able. Rubber boots and gloves that can withstand soaking are recommended for work in clearing the stream.

There is no registration necessary to help with the clean-up. Volunteers should simply arrive at the park within the hours designated. Bottled water will be provided to volunteers.

In addition to work on clearing debris from the stream, which will be the focus of the day and take the most amount of work, volunteers will also paint a weathered shed that is on the park property.

The SCC, until last year, had contracted with the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Department for maintenance of Morgan’s Grove. Since the club has taken over, they have worked diligently to provide the community with the best park facilities possible. Managing the park is club member David Rosen who coordinates all services with volunteer organizations such as Viking Tree Services, LLC, whose support provides trimming and removal of hazardous limbs and trees throughout the park.

Following the clean-up on Sept. 19, the club will host a movie night in the park, featuring “Hidden Figures.” All are welcome to come watch the film.

For more information about the Fall Clean-up, contact Wabnitz at 304-995-6689.