Community Revitalization Project Transforms Veterans Memorial Area in Yardley

Spearhead GlobalSpearhead Project Earth™ (SPE) Celebrates Completion of SPE Project Yardley Enhancement Initiative /Submitted Image

YARDLEY, PASpearhead Project Earth™ (SPE) recently completed its ambitious community-driven initiative to revitalize the area adjacent to the Veterans Memorial on River Road. This effort, known as SPE Project Yardley, reflects SPE’s mission to preserve nature and inspire environmental stewardship.

The project, funded by a $10,000 grant from the American Water Foundation, has enhanced the resilience of the riverbank by addressing erosion and introducing native plants. These additions not only stabilize the watershed but also attract pollinators, supporting the local ecosystem.

The funding comes from the American Water Charitable Foundation’s Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program. The Foundation, part of American Water, aims to support high-impact projects that promote environmental sustainability, inclusion, diversity, and equity.

“The American Water Charitable Foundation remains committed to participating and investing in organizations and programs that benefit the diverse communities served by American Water,” said Carrie Williams, president of the Foundation.

Volunteers, local organizations, and dedicated supporters worked together under SPE’s guidance to transform the space. The Shade Tree Committee provided insights into selecting native plants to enhance biodiversity. Kona Compost donated compost, essential for the new plants to thrive. Volunteers played a crucial role by removing trash, clearing overgrown brush, and eradicating invasive plants.

Shawn’s Tree Service contributed by trimming trees, preserving the natural canopy for future generations. Their expertise helped extend the lifespans of the trees, adding to the area’s beauty and ecological health.

In addition to environmental improvements, the project focused on accessibility and visitor amenities. A new railing was installed, and additional seating was added, allowing visitors to enjoy the scenic view of the Delaware River after visiting the memorial site.

David Applebaum, Yardley Councilman, received special recognition for his vital support of the project. His passion for the environment and commitment to Yardley Borough were instrumental in bringing the project to life.

SPE extends its gratitude to all volunteers, local organizations, and sponsors who made this project possible. Their combined efforts have created a vibrant and welcoming environment for residents and visitors alike.

As SPE continues its mission to eliminate plastic waste from the Delaware River and maintain clean waterways in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the success of Project Yardley stands as a testament to the power of community collaboration and environmental stewardship.

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