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Parking Island Beautification Planned for RiverWinds

West Deptford and Johnson Matthey are planning another community service project, this time to refurbish the barren parking islands at RiverWinds.

West Deptford residents who are tired of seeing dead shrubs, overgrown weeds, and a barren-looking landscape in the parking islands at the RiverWinds Community Center will be happy to hear that plans are in the works to refurbish them. 

Johnson Matthey plans to spruce up the islands as one of its community projects within West Deptford this upcoming year. The proposed project would be the largest of three the company is considering in 2013.

“It's a big event for the site,” Recreation Advisory Committee chairman John DiCarlo said. “We want to get everyone out there as a community to help out.”

While details haven't been finalized, DiCarlo said he has spoken with township recreation foreman Matt Moore about ideas to revitalize the islands. Some of the ideas brought forth include putting in new mulch, tearing out the old shrubs and replacing them with newer plants that will be able to handle the winter.

Moore also mentioned that they would like to put walkway cutouts into the islands so people walking through the parking lot will not walk through the shrub and mulch areas.

The project will be completed by volunteer workers from Johnson Matthey and Solvais Solexis. Johnson Matthey will also contribute a donation toward the cost of the project. Moore is researching how much the project will cost.

DiCarlo said that there will also be two smaller projects that will include a small cleanup job at the Field of Dreams park and an additional project done in conjunction with the West Deptford Senior Citizens Club.

Last year, Johnson Matthey contributed donations and volunteers workers to renovate the Field of Dreams Park as part of a community service project.

Ismellrat February 21, 2013 at 11:58 AM
How much did JM taxes go down because of appeal with county and the county agreed
vincent farina February 21, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Heard that JM is on hiatus from paying township taxes in lieu of donations to the township to spruce up weeded islands to boost Denise Dicarlo's political career. an undisclosed source has Dicarlo running for freeholder in the future with JM backing her. Another hack benefitting from the taxpayers money.Why do We the people put up with this nonsense day in and day out. WAKE UP RESIDENTS OF WD.
thomas February 21, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Do the baseball fields across from the township buildings and or firehouse still get flooded. When is someone going to get that corrected. It looks terrible on the way to Riverwinds. Question - Who owns the vacant land behind the ShopRite store? It use to be a tennis court, now for years it has been vacant. If the Township owns it, sell it and start collecting taxes on it.
Kevin Graham February 22, 2013 at 12:03 AM
this is a great idea!

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