Friends of Clark Park general membership meeting 7 PM Wednesday, 7/16, USciences Griffith Hall

We will have a general membership meeting this coming Wednesday, 7/16, at 7 PM in Griffith Hall, the big USciences building across 43rd Street from the park just north of Woodland.

A crew from the workforce development program Power Corps PHL will be coming to the park this month to install new benches around the Dickens statue and help with any maintenance needs we can think of, so we will discuss projects for them to work on. We will also talk about what we might do about trash in the park.

Summer Festival Lights Up Clark Park This Saturday

Celebrate Philadelphia arts at the Clark Park Summer Music & Arts Festival this Saturday, June 21 at Clark Park (43rd and Chester Ave.)

One of Philadelphia’s oldest community events returns for its 44th annual celebration on Saturday, Jun. 21, 2014 at Clark Park beside the Bowl. The Clark Park Festival displays and celebrates the talents of the community, while uniting businesses, artists, and local residents.

Dating back to 1970, over 40 vendors and 10 bands gather twice a year providing free entertainment to the public for the sake of charity and commerce. This year we are proud to announce our first kid zone. We have a zip line, giant slide, bouncy house, face painting and more kid activities. Come out to see all of our amazing craft vendors and non profits.

The concert begins at noon with Rock to the Future, Fishtown’s non profit that provides free music education to Philly’s underserved youth. Their house band will kick off the festival with a set of contemporary and classic cover songs. Performers this year include electro-dance duo City Rain, Former Belle, lead singer of local folk band Toy Soldiers Ron Gallo, indie rockers Commonwealth Choir, Portland Senator, looping violinist Brian Fitzy, Lovers League, Lazy Susan, Family Vacation, and On the Cooling Board.

Time: 12 noon – Sundown.


For more information and updates please visit:
Director: Joshua Craft

Awesome Fest Outdoor Movie Series Coming to Clark Park this Summer!

This summer Clark Park has been chosen as the location for the Awesome Fest, a seven week outdoor movie series that will run from June 26th – August 14th. In collaboration with University City District and the Friends of Clark Park, the Awesome Fest will present seven movies on the theme of rock n’ roll. Please note all films have been selected and curated by the Awesome Fest. Some may not be suitable for young folks.




The 2nd annual Party in Clark Park beer garden is this Saturday!

Join the Friends of Clark Park for our 2nd Annual Party in the Park.

Celebrate the best park during the best season with a beer garden / food trucks / live music / $1000 in raffle prizes from local businesses / games for all ages.

Foolish Waffles and Dapper Dog food trucks will be on hand.

Disco Hootenanny, Flat Mary Road, and Nicole Gauthier’s Temple University dancers will be performing.

Admission is free. New / renewing Friends of Clark Park members get a free Dock Street beer. 4-8 PM, Saturday, 5/17. Rain or shine.


‘Party in the Park’ Is Back! Volunteers Needed

  • Back by popular demand! FRIENDS OF CLARK PARK will put on the 2nd annual Party in the Park on Saturday evening, May 17, from 4 to 8pm. The beergarden will flow with Dock Street wares. There will be food trucks. Bands will play & field games will be organized for children & adults who want to let off steam.

    We are calling for volunteers of all sorts who’d like to help make this party fly! If you have experience tapping kegs & serving beer, your help will be most welcome.

    We are also looking for people who will take turns sitting at our membership tables to collect dues; sell beer tickets, raffle tickets & Clark Park gear.

    Can you show up in the park from 1 to 4 before the party, to help set up? You will be extremely valuable.

    If you’re interested in helping, email

    We look forward to seeing the whole neighborhood in the park May 17! Cheers,

    –Tony West

  • 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