Clark Park Youth Soccer Starting 3/25

We will have walk-in registration on Saturday, March 25th for children ages 8 and up — there are just a few spaces left on our 8-9 teams, but plenty of room for more on the 10-11 teams. Teams for children ages 5 to 7 are completely full. Walk-in registration will take place at Rosenberger Hall, 10:00 am to 12:15 pm. Rosenberger Hall is the University of the Sciences building on the 43rd St. side of the park, south of the basketball court.  Please email clarkparksoccer@yahoo.com with any questions.

The coaches, parents, and children playing soccer will be grateful to dog walkers for clearing the bowl by 10:00 on Saturday — and especially for ensuring that your dogs haven’t left behind any special “treats”.  Thank you!

Youth Soccer Registration – Don’t Miss Out!

We may be bracing for a blizzard, but we’re less than two weeks away from the start of the spring season of Clark Park Youth Soccer. Registrations are coming in quickly — we still have plenty of room for children ages 8 to 11, but teams for ages 5 to 7 are filling up fast.  Don’t miss out!  Register online, or download a registration form to mail in from our Youth Soccer page.

If finances are a problem, please contact clarkparksoccer@yahoo.com — because of generous donations to our “soccership” fund, we can help!

Youth Soccer: Registration for Spring Season

Registration is now open for the Spring season of Clark Park Youth Soccer, Friends of Clark Park’s popular family-friendly program for children ages 5 to 11. The season will begin on Saturday, March 25th and continue every Saturday until May 20th. Clark Park Youth Soccer is a low-cost, volunteer-run program that introduces children to the game of soccer in a non-competitive environment that encourages participation of children of all abilities.

Full information about the program and links to registration forms are available on our Youth Soccer page, or by contacting clarkparksoccer@yahoo.com . Support from local organizations and business keep the registration costs for the program low, but for families with financial need we also have “soccership” funds, available thanks to generous donations made in memory of Paul Brooks, the founder of the program.

 

Loss of a Friend

Xmas tree mulch spreading

Winnie Harris organizing the volunteers at the 2017 MLK Service Day — spreading the Christmas Tree mulch in Clark Park!

The Friends of Clark Park were deeply saddened this past week to learn of the tragic loss of Winnie Harris. Winnie was a tireless advocate for building community through care of each other and care of our neighborhood, and was a beloved friend of Clark Park. Her life being cut short is an enormous loss and she will be greatly missed. Winnie was truly the salt of the earth. Her example will live large for the Friends, and we commit to living her example and carrying on with the work she started and championed.

You’re Invited to the Dickens Birthday Bash!

 

Please join us 2 pm Sunday, February 5th, at Griffith Hall at the University of the Sciences, for our annual celebration of the life and works of Victorian novelist Charles Dickens. This year marks the 205th anniversary of his birth. Clark Park is home to one of the world’s only statues of the author of David Copperfield and A Christmas Carol, and every year we gather to remember our famous resident. We’ll have dramatic readings from his works, Morris dancers, music, food, and birthday cake! Admission is free, and all are welcome!

General Membership Meeting January 30th

Friends of Clark Park are having a General Membership meeting Monday, January 30th, 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’re planning a facilitated conversation about how the park can contribute more to the health of park users and neighbors. The discussion will go beyond general environmental health sources such as tree cover and air quality, focusing more acutely on opportunities for evaluating the physical attributes of the park and healthy programming for all ages.

Clark Park is a treasure to have embedded in a neighborhood and the accessibility of the park by walking and multiple modes of transportation is exceptional.   But does the park adequately support the overall health of those that use or pass by the park regularly? Does the park make contributions to community health such as providing a space for physical activity and social interaction for all ages? Do the preceding questions lead us to ideas for improvements to the park-built environment and programming? Please join us and share your thoughts and ideas!

Parks and Rec Makes Short Work of Fallen Branches

Thanks to quick action by USP and Philadelphia Parka and Recreation, Clark Park’s recent storm trauma was quickly cleaned up yesterday, allowing drivers to leave the parking lot and park lovers to roam freely. As you can see the tree damage was quite extensive, and the Friends of Clark Park would like to thank PPR (and especially Sue Buck) for their prompt and thorough help on a busy clean-up day!

Martin Luther King Day of Service January 16th

Please come and help Clark Park this MLK Day, and then celebrate Dr. King’s legacy with a community gathering. We’ll be mulching and cleaning up the park from 10 am – 1 pm, using the mulch from recycled local Christmas trees (have a tree to recycle? make sure you bring it to the park January 7th – see post below). An starting at 3 pm, please join us for a community gathering in the spirit of MLK. We’ll be affirming a collective adherence to continuing Dr. King’s work in our community today with song and spoken word. We hope to see you there!

Recycle Your Christmas Tree This Saturday in Clark Park

UC Green will be treecycling this Saturday, January 7th, from 10 – 4 in Clark Park. Trees will be recycled into wood chip mulch to be used in Clark Park, and the challenge is on to provide all the mulch needed for the upcoming Martin Luther King Day of Service. While you’re waiting for the chipper to fire up, enjoy our free roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate, or shop for some goods at the Clark Park Farmer’s market. A $10 – $20 donation per tree will go towards supporting UC Green programs.  For questions or more information, visit the UC Green Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1814743668794094/