Community Grant Opportunities Announced for Clark Park

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Christman, Communications Manager, 215-243-0555 or mark@ucityphila.org

Community Grant Opportunities Announced for West Philadelphia’s Clark Park

2nd annual program to support and sustain the neighborhood jewel

(Philadelphia, PA) – University City District (UCD) and the Clark Park Partnership, a consortium that oversees park maintenance, events, policies and capital projects, have announced the 2nd annual Clark Park Community Grants. Up to $3000 for one or more projects that enhance Clark Park will be awarded. Eligible projects will include planting, mulching, maintenance, signage, park cleanup, or other permanent improvements to the park. (Educational or cultural programs are not eligible.) Projects awarded last year included the installation of the first commercial-grade special needs swing in Clark Park playground, and the watering and maintenance of 30 Clark Park trees by the skilled UC Green Corps.

University City community groups are invited to submit proposals for projects that will improve the park. Individuals are eligible to submit proposals if they are endorsed by a community group. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee including representatives from Friends of Clark Park, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the City of Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation, University of the Sciences, and UCD. The winning projects will be announced on Saturday, June 16 at a public celebration in Clark Park.

For this round, proposed projects must take place in the B (Baltimore to Kingsessing, 43rd to 45th) or C (Kingsessing to Woodland 43rd to 45th) section of the Park. (Any project proposed for the C section of the Park must be approved prior to submission by University of the Sciences. To obtain this approval, contact USP’s Mary Kate McGinty at mk.mcginty@usp.edu.) Projects must be completed no later than June 30, 2012. Please note: Due to construction no projects will be allowed in the A (Baltimore to Chester, 43rd to HMS Border) section of the park in this grant year.

Clark Park, a heavily used 9-acre park in West Philadelphia, is home to the popular Clark Park Farmers’ Market, music festivals, youth soccer, and many other neighborhood events throughout the year. It is located in the heart of University City’s Streetcar Suburb and National Register Historic District and serves a racially and socio-economically diverse population of residents, students, University City employees and visitors.

Important Dates

March 21, 2011 Guidelines and application released at http://www.universitycity.org
May 2, 2011 Applications completed and sent to:

Clark Park Community Grant Program
c/o University City District
3940 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

This is a receipt date. Applications can be sent via the U.S. Mail or hand-delivered. Applications will not be accepted via hand delivery after 4:30 p.m. on this date. Applications can also be emailed to ann@universitycity.org

May 15, 2011 Winners notified
June 16, 2011 Public announcement of first Clark Park Community Grants at
a free public celebration in Clark Park
June 30, 2012 Grant-funded projects must be completed

Questions about this program can be directed to: Ann Mintz
University City District
215-243-0555
ann@universitycity.org

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The Clark Park Partnership meets monthly to address a range of topics relating to the park including park maintenance, events, policies and capital projects. The Partnership is chaired by Tammy Leigh DeMent of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and includes stakeholders such as Friend of Clark Park, UC Green, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, the City Department of Parks and Recreation, the Philadelphia Water Department, City Office of Capital Projects, and University City District.

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