PRESS PHOTOS BY APRIL PETERSONLindberg Park hosted the Salisbury Township summer park program finale July 27. The annual event features a lineup of games, a scavenger hunt, race challenges and a picnic lunch for children who participate in the summer park program held in four township parks: Devonshire, Green Acres, Laubach and Lindberg. ABOVE: Paris Tran, a participant in the program, relaxes
Pat Jacoby, head counselor for the summer park program, and Frank McCullough, of the Salisbury Township Recreation Advisory Committee, prepare the grill to cook about 150 hot dogs for playground day participants and staff. McCullough has run the grill for the past 20 years with the exception of last summer when Jacoby stepped in. “It gets better each year,” McCullough said of the park program.
Alex Moren, Luke Suiler and Garrett Leiner display their ribbons for participating in race challenges during playground day. The free program is open to Salisbury residents who have finished kindergarten through age 12.
Caitlin Heffner, a watershed specialist with the Lehigh County Conservation District, presents a talk about water pollution during playground day. The presentation, a new feature for the 2016 program, is part of education efforts required through the federal Clean Water Act. Heffner explained non-point source pollution created by such factors as fertilizers, pesticides used on lawns, animal waste
Jake Zellin, a participant in the summer park program, stands with an interactive model environment used to illustrate how pollution enters water sources. Zellin said he learned about the impact of litter on water pollution.
Abigail Garrigan is a counselor with the summer park program and has fond memories of attending the program when she was younger. Playground day was always a highlight of the program when she attended the program. “You got to see friends from school,” she said. Garrigan plans to return as a counselor next summer.
Park program participants toss water balloons as one of the contests on a day when temperatures stretched into the 90s.
Press photos by April PetersonAn interactive model environment is used to illustrate how everyday activities such as not cleaning up after your dog can contribute to water pollution.