Clark Park Youth Soccer — Spring registration underway!

soccer logoThe spring season of Clark Park Youth Soccer will begin on Saturday, March 28th. Registration has begun for children ages 5 to 11. Visit our Soccer webpage to register by mail or online.

We’re still looking for volunteer coaches for the spring season. You don’t have to be a soccer superstar — if you enjoy working with kids and know the basic skills of the game, we can use your help! Interested? Contact us at for more info.

A bike Share station is coming to Clark Park!

A bike Share station is coming to Clark Park! Poll numbers indicate that this is the most popular choice for a station in West Philly.

The majority of Clark Park board members support putting a station on the south side of Chester Avenue, near 43rd Street. This highly visible location would be near, but not in the way of our popular farmer’s market. It would only take up three parking spaces, and may encourage people to bike to the park, instead of driving. (Parking will be way more affected by the proposed development at 43rd and Baltimore.)
Keep in mind, if the station doesn’t work here, it can be moved later.

Please call Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s office in support of this bike share location. Call (215) 686-3418/3419 between before March 13th. Ask to speak with John Fenton, Director of Constituent Services. He knows Clark Park well. Sample message “ My name is _______. I use Clark Park and support putting a bike share station on the south side of Chester Avenue, near 43rd and Baltimore.”

Thank you!

General Membership Meeting, Monday 2/23

Friends of Clark Park’s quarterly General Membership meeting — rescheduled from January — will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, February 23rd in Rosenberger Hall*.  Our General Membership meetings are the opportunity for all members of the organization to hear about issues in the Park, and plans for upcoming improvements and events.  Some of the topics that are on the agenda for Monday include:  Party in the Park (May 16th), grant applications — both pending and funded, the bike share station planned for the Park, and the 4224 zoning meeting.

Please join us!  More participation means a better Park for all of us!

*Rosenberger Hall is the brick building just south of the basketball courts on 43rd Street.

Celebrate Charles Dickens’ 203rd Birthday in (and Near) Clark Park

Sunday, February 8, 2 Pm, Griffith Hall, east side of 43rd just north of Woodland, Free Admission

Dickens fans and neighbors of Clark Park are organizing this year’s fun, festive Charles Dickens Birthday Party. You’re cordially and merrily invited to join us! Sponsored by The Friends of Clark Park, we’re having an afternoon of drama and music near the site of Frank Elwell’s beautiful sculpture of Dickens and Little Nell.

photo (3) The indoor, on-stage portion of the festivities will be held in Griffith Hall of the University of the Sciences, 43rd and Kingsessing, across the street from the southern tip of Clark Park. Admission is free.

Actors Ceil Mann and Larry Beck, along with members of the Curio Theater Company, will perform scenes from The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist. Young Sophie Pettit, accompanied by her father, the writer and local Dickens ambassador Edward G. Pettit, will enact a scene from The Old Curiosity Shop. We’ll also have a special performance inspired by the new benches recently installed at the statue. Several Dickens fans will read the quotations emblazoned on the benches and they’ll give us a taste of the scenes from which the quotes were “lifted.”

The dramatic program is followed by treats for all, Dickensian socializing, and a performance by the Kingsessing Morris Men, first place winners in the comic division at the 2012 Mummers Parade.

Finally, the Morris dancers will lead a procession to the statue where youngsters will decorate Dickens and Little Nell with wreaths and we’ll sing “Happy Birthday.”

West Philadelphians who have grown up, and grown older, in the Clark Park neighborhood have come to respect and admire the bronze statue of Dickens. Created in 1890 by renowned sculptor Frank Elwell, it was installed in Clark Park in 1901. For most of the time since then, it’s been the world’s only public statue of Dickens, due to the novelist’s request that no memorials or statues be erected in his honor. So, to recognize the statue’s special role in our neighborhood’s history, and to pay homage to a great writer, we throw a birthday party every year!

The program begins at 2 pm sharp and ends an hour and a half later. Do come and join us!



Monday, 1/26, is the date for a very important Spruce Hill Community Association zoning committee meeting where they will discuss the development project at 4224 Baltimore Ave. That meeting, which is open to anyone, is 7 PM at the Spruce Hill center (257 S. 45th Street). See you there!

We’ll now have the Friends of Clark Park general membership meeting Monday, 2/23, in Rosenberger Hall at USciences, the little building in the park on the west side of 43rd Street a bit above Woodland, 7 PM.

Update: now the Spruce Hill zoning meeting is cancelled, too, due to the weather. No meetings tonight.

General meeting next Monday, 1/26, 7 PM at USciences Griffith Hall (rescheduled to 2/23, see above)

Don’t forget to come to the Friends of Clark Park general membership meeting next Monday, 1/26 (now Monday, 2/23), at 7 PM! It’s in Griffith Hall (now Rosenberger Hall), the big University of the Sciences building on the east side of 43rd Street just above Woodland.

We’ll discuss the imminent Clark Park bike share station, congratulate ourselves on all the mulching we’ve done recently, talk about long-term plans for statuary in the park, and so much more!

Protestors Will Stage a Die-In in Clark Park This Saturday

A West Philly Families Solidarity March will proceed from Calvary to Clark Park tomorrow, Saturday, Jan 3.

Due to rain, they are moving the first part of the program indoors! Entrance on 48th St. They will have speakers, songs and noise-in in the church.

After noise-in, they will MARCH TO CLARK PARK to stay, play and connect.

They hope this will allow more families to participate if it is raining, and support in building community indoors. They also hope to raise their voices and be visible outside as they march to Clark Park, rain or shine, for those up for it.

The action in the park should last no longer than 45 minutes.