Trash Tour of Tacony Creek Park by Whitaker Ave Bridge

Tacony Creek Park is a wonderful natural resource in the City that needs care and attention.  The Philadelphia Water Department and Parks & Recreation Department are working hard to restore the creek and Park, however, the litter – illegal dumping – trash problem requires a broader City – public effort to reduce/ eliminate  the trash from illegal dumping and stormwater runoff that is winding up in Tacony Creek Park.

This photographic trash tour near PennDOT’s  Whitaker Ave Bridge shows the extent of the trash problem in this stretch of the creek. This Google maps image shows the area around the Whitaker Ave Bridge as it crosses Tacony Creek.

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Here’s a windshield view as we approach the bridge.

Whitaker Ave Looking North - approaching Tacony Creek Bridge Crossing

Whitaker Ave Looking North – approaching Tacony Creek Bridge Crossing.

Let’s take a look at the east side of the Bridge ramp – we see extensive  illegal dumping.

Illegal Dumping on south east side of Whitaker Ave Bridge.

Illegal Dumping on southeast side of Whitaker Ave Bridge.

We’ll now walk down toward the creek on the southeast side of the Bridge. We find even more illegal dumping.

Illegal  dumping along southeast side of Whitaker Ave Bridge

Illegal dumping along southeast side of Whitaker Ave Bridge.

As we now proceed toward the creek, we can see the new path that Philadelphia Parks & Recreation has just installed (black asphalt). We can also see more illegal dumping.

Southeast side of Whitaker Ave Bridge. PP&R's new path visible as well as extensiive illegal dumping.

Southeast side of Whitaker Ave Bridge. PP&R’s new path visible as well as extensive illegal dumping.

Let’s take a look at the southwest side of the Bridge, next to the Feltonville  Boys & Girls Club.

Southwest side of Whitaker Ave Bridge - next to Feltonville Boys & Girls Club

Southwest side of Whitaker Ave Bridge – next to Feltonville Boys & Girls Club

Let’s walk down the southwest side toward the creek to get a sense for trash on this side of PennDOT’s Bridge.

Southwest side of Whitaker Ave Bridge.  PP&R's new trash is visible along with extensive trash.

Southwest side of Whitaker Ave Bridge. PP&R’s new trail is visible along with extensive trash.

Let’s now take a walk along the creek, we’ll head upstream to get a sense for trash near the creek.

Tacony Creek just upstream of Whitaker Ave. Bridge. Iconic shopping cart visible on far bank.

Tacony Creek just upstream of Whitaker Ave. Bridge. Iconic shopping cart .

As we walk farther upstream, we find concrete debris, an old tire and trash caught in branches.

Concrete debris upstream of Whitaker Ave Bridge

Concrete debris along south bank – upstream of Whitaker Ave Bridge

Tire caught in tree - south side bank - upstream of Whitaker Ave Bridge

Tire caught in tree – south side bank – upstream of Whitaker Ave Bridge

Stream trash caught in branches - upstream of Whitaker Ave Bridge - south bank

Stream trash caught in branches – upstream of Whitaker Ave Bridge – south bank

Stream trash caught in branches - upstream of Whitaker Ave Bridge - south side bank.

Stream trash caught in branches – upstream of Whitaker Ave Bridge – south side bank. Notice concrete debris.

Let’s return to the Bridge and walk downstream towards the back of Friend’s Hospital.

Illegal Dumping - Downstream of Whitaker Ave Bridge.

Illegal Dumping – Downstream of Whitaker Ave Bridge.

As we walk a little further downstream we see some of the Water Department’s stream restoration work on the north bank.  We also see trash.

Philadelphia Water Deprtment stream restoration  and trash downstream of Whitaker Ave Bridge.

Philadelphia Water Department stream restoration and trash downstream of Whitaker Ave Bridge.

We’ll end this tour behind Friend’s Hospital.

Deer downstream of Whitaker Ave Bridge, north bank in back of Friends Hospital.

Deer downstream of Whitaker Ave Bridge, north bank in back of Friends Hospital.

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