Apology for that “Tree Removal” note

I’m Brian Siano, contributor to the Friends of Clark Park web page. I’d like to apologize to all of our readers and supporters for that note about tree removals. That was a newsletter article from 2010, when the Park A reconstruction was in progress. It is NOT a new news item about Clark Park, and as far as I know, we aren’t planning any tree removals anytime soon.

So why did that article appear? Well, I had the idea of putting some of our older materials on our website, and enhance its value as an archive of our park’s history and the work the FOCP has accomplished. Most recently, I created pages containing photo galleries of the 2011 Park A Revitalization and the 2007 Basketball Court Rebuild.

I also decided to try taking older newsletter articles, and inserting them into our website as backdated news posts. That way, they’re archived. (Eventually we’ll put up PDFs of our old newsletters.) So, I took an an article I wrote in 2010 and posted it to our news feed. However, I forgot to turn off the option that sends new articles to our subscribers.

Again, I apologize for setting off any alarm bells.

‘Tales of the Turtle’ Bring Storytelling to Clark Park

Come out for a fun family event this Saturday as librarians from 5 West Philly Free Library branches bring a special spring storytime to the Turtle in the North (“A”) Park from 12 noon to 2 pm. Expect lots of stories, rhymes & frolicsome activities.

The Turtle was saved from destruction by FRIENDS OF CLARK PARK when the old totlot was moved south of Chester Ave. It remains a magnet for young & old alike — but especially for the young. Stories have long been told around the Turtle.

For more information, contact the Kingsessing Library at (215) 685-2690.

Easter Egg Hunt Is This Saturday

For the second straight year, Renewal Presbyterian Church will hold an Easter Egg Hunt in Clark Park this Saturday, 11 am-1 pm. It will be set up at 43rd & Chester, alongside the totlot and the older kids’ playground. Ages 1-8 are welcome.

They will organize a raffle giveaway with gifts from local merchants. There will be crafts and other fun. It’s a rain-or-shine event! (This is the park, after all.)

Participants must sign up at the beginning. For further information, reach out to the church: (267) 564-5105 or office@renewalchurch.org.

Friends of Clark Park General Membership Meeting Wednesday, 4/16/14, 7 PM in Griffith Hall at USciences

We have a general membership meeting Wednesday, 4/16/14, at 7 PM in Griffith Hall, the big USciences building across from the park on 43rd Street just above Woodland.

We’ll discuss the development project at 4224 Baltimore Ave., and hear from representatives from Great Lakes Brewing Company, who have a work day scheduled in Clark Park this Saturday, and from the Schuylkill River Development Corporation. The SRDC will tell us about upcoming programming and events on the Schuylkill Banks, and about Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk construction. Great Lakes Brewing will have free samples.

Celebrate Earth Day at Clark Park on Saturday, 4/19 with Great Lakes Brewing Co.!

This Saturday, April 19th – Celebrate Earth Day by lending a hand at Clark Park and hang out for a beer at Local 44 afterwards! Great Lakes Brewing Co., the Fairmount Park Conservancy, and the Friends of Clark Park are pleased to celebrate Earth Day with a fun workday from 12-3pm, followed by an after-party for volunteers at Local 44! We will be planting some lovely new plants in our gardens, mulching trees, and cleaning up. Some lucky volunteers will go home with Great Lakes souvenirs and tokens for a free beer at one of our favorite neighborhood spots. They’ll be pouring a super line up of Great Lakes beers all day long at Local 44, but the beer will taste much better if you volunteer! Great Lakes representatives will also be on hand at our Membership meeting on Wednesday (4/16) Please pre-register to volunteer at the link below:

Event Date: 04/19
Event Time: 12-2:30 PM
Location: Clark Park and Local 44
Price: Free
Type: Beer
Website: www.glbcearthday.com/Philadelphia-TreePlantingCleanup

Photo courtesy UCD.

Satterlee Artifacts Unearthed

Two artifacts dating from the Civil War military Satterlee General Hospital have been found in Clark Park. They were turned up in the soil of the volleyball pitch by accident after a heavy rain several years ago, before the reconstruction of the North Park (“A” Park), by veteran volleyballer Jim Matson, who has kept them to this day.
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Matson has researched the two objects. He says one is a Civil War-period rifle bullet. The other is a button from a uniform of a unit of German sharpshooters that was recruited by the United States Army.

The volleyball pitch lies either just inside the SW corner of Satterlee, or just outside it, on or beside Baltimore Pike. The pike was the main access road to Satterlee. It ran alongside the west bank of Mill Creek’s meadow at that point.

The Gettysburg Stone nearby is a monument to Satterlee, which treated all the wounded of the Army of the Potomac, from Bull Run to Appomattox.

–Tony West
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Dancing into Spring: Park Performances This Saturday

online1Nicole Marie Gauthier will present her latest dance project, “Reactions Through Spaces: An Interaction”, April 5 at 12:00 noon, 1:00 pm, and 3:30 pm, in the Central Plaza of Clark Park, 44th & Baltimore.

“Reactions Through Spaces: An Interaction” features the choreography of Nicole Gauthier performed by dancers Paige Gilson, Taylor Grace, Chelsey Hamilton, Ashley Kelly, and Magda Pearl Ostrov. Drawing inspiration from the beauty and history of Clark Park, Gauthier celebrates the arrival of Spring through her joyous, airy movement and whimsical musical selections.

As a site-specific dance, “Reactions Through Spaces: An Interactions” invites the community to come experience the performance and help celebrate Philadelphia’s hidden gem, Clark Park.

The program is divided into three sections, each offering insight into man’s relationship to himself, to others, and to nature. A focal point in Clark Park is the historical Charles Dickens statue. To honor the author’s memory, sections of the performance utilize inspiring quotations and brief poetry selections as music for the performers.

The choreographer Gauthier is a veteran of the fall Peoplehood puppet parade and pageant.
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“Reactions Through Spaces: An Interaction” is a short dance piece, totaling 20 minutes in length. Its purpose is to give the audience a sense of inspiring joy as they move along their day while encapsulating the magnificence of the Park.

The event is free and open to the public as a part of the Friends of Clark Park events-sponsorship program. To sponsor the event, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/253630313/reactions-through-spaces-an-interaction to pledge a donation on the event’s Kickstarter page. On-sight donations will also be accepted. All proceeds will go directly to the performers, and to the continuation of this project.

Clark Park Soccer Update

74497___gustavorezende___Kids_6_03The rain may have kept us off the soccer field, but it was still a very busy day — more than 160 children are now registered for the spring season of Clark Park Youth Soccer! Our youngest and oldest teams are filled up, but we do still have space for some 6 to 8 year olds — email clarkparksoccer@yahoo.com about registration.

Many thanks to all who helped with registration — Melanie Bartlett (and the delightful Basma!), Elaine Hughes, Debra Wood, Juelle Love, Molly Sarbaugh, Ed Sarbaugh, and Bill Moriarty.  Now all we need is some sun . . .


Need a new recycling bin? Is your DVD player dead? Stop by Clark Park on Sat. April 5th!

recycle binIn support of the 7th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup on Saturday April 5th, the 34th Woodland Ranger Otter Scouts (B-PSA) and Daisy Troop 91569 (GS-USA) will host a recycling bin give-away at Clark Park, “A” Park, beginning at 9:00am, ending at 12:00noon or when we run out.

eForce Compliance will also be providing an opportunity to recycle your unwanted electronics, but NO light bulbs, batteries, smoke detectors, TVs, or Monitors will be accepted!  9:00am-12:00noon
Clark Park “A” is between Baltimore and Chester Avenues, 43rd and 44th Streets.
Any questions or if you’d like to help out, please contact Amy Kwasnicki, kwaszilla@gmail.com