Park Etiquette: A Brief Guide


Dear Park User,

If at all possible, please take your trash with you. If this isn’t possible, please use the trash and recycling cans. Put trash in bags next to cans if trash cans are full.
Vehicles are only permitted on paved surfaces briefly, to drop off equipment. Vehicles cause soil compaction, which is bad for roots.
All groups of 50 or more, or those using amplified sound, must apply for a permit. “Picnic Permits” do not allow for amplified sound. More information about permits:


Do not dump charcoal briquettes in park. keep them in your grill and take them home. They are not good for plants.
Clean up after all pets (dogs, horses, etc.). Fresh manure isn’t good for plants or people.
Following these rules make the park nice for everyone. Thanks for your cooperation.


The Friends of Clark Park

Clark Park Youth Soccer: Registration Update

Walk-in registration for Clark Park Youth Soccer will take place on Saturday, September 24th, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, in Rosenberger Hall (the brick building on 43rd Street near the basketball court. Those registering in person on Saturday can pay by cash or check; we cannot accept credit/debit card payments.

At this time, our 5-6 and 6-7 age groups are nearly full; there is plenty of room still for children ages 8 to 11!

Please see our Soccer web page for registration links, and for more information about the program, or email .

Registration Open: Clark Park Youth Soccer

Registration is now underway for the fall season of Clark Park Youth Soccer. This Friends of Clark Park-sponsored program — now in it’s 20th year — is a family-friendly, non-competitive program for children ages 5 to 11. The program takes place in the Clark Park “Bowl” on Saturdays, 10:30 to Noon for ages 5 to 7, and Noon to 1:30 for ages 8 to 11. Volunteer coaches provide instruction on the basic skills of soccer, with scrimmage games between teams in each age group; children of any ability are encouraged to join in.

The soccer program is very popular, drawing families from the neighborhood and all around the city; families are urged to register early to ensure that there is space available for their children. The Fall season will begin on Saturday, September 24th and continue through November 19th. Visit our soccer page for registration links, details about the program and costs, including information about assistance available for families with financial need. Please contact with any questions, or if you’re interested in volunteering.

London Plane Tree’s Going Down

Cpq0aReXYAUezDl[1]We are sorry to say that the large London Plane tree on the west side of the playground has died, and is going to be removed on or about August 30th. This will require a brief closure of the playground for safety’s sake. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we want to make sure that Clark Park is a safe and beautiful place to play for years to come!

General Membership Meeting July 18th

Friends of Clark Park are having a General Membership meeting this Monday, July 18th, at 7 pm in Griffith Lecture Hall A at the University of the Sciences. All members are invited, and so is any park lover with questions, concerns, or ideas about Clark Park. We hope to see you there!





Soda Tax Victory!


Friends of Clark Park are thrilled about City Council’s decision to pass the soda tax this week. In addition to providing funds for a universal pre-K program, the tax will bring in badly-needed revenue for Philadelphia’s parks, recreation centers, and libraries – to the tune of $300 million dollars!

Friends of Clark Park would like to thank the Council members who voted in support of the bill, including our very own Jannie Blackwell, plus at-large members Blondell Reynolds Brown, Allan Domb, Derek Green, Bill Greenlee, and Helen Gym. Thank you for standing up for Philadelphia’s underfunded parks!