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:

Love Clark Park This Saturday!

Come join us this Saturday, November 12th, starting at 9:30 am.  We will be planting, raking and mulching – and enjoying snacks and the company of fellow park-lovers.  Volunteers are welcome to take time out for our annual Veteran’s Day Commemoration at the Gettysburg Stone at 11.  See you then!


Tree Removal Update




You may have noticed the interesting tree trunk laying on the ground by the tot lot.  This sentinel of the park, likely dating to its inception, has an intriguing story. The arborist crew removing the trunk of the London Plane ran into an obstacle they have never encountered before. The tree had grown around and engulfed a stone! We had the hungry tree instead of the hungry caterpillar at the playground. The stone feed the tree for a time but may have lead to its demise in the end.

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR) acted swiftly over the past two weeks to remove two hazard trees hanging over the playgrounds of Clark Park. One tree had been identified for removal and marked earlier this summer at the tot lot but while the arbor crew was on-site, a second hazard tree was identified in the older children’s play area for imminent removal. The Department moved quickly and efficiently to adjust their work plan to remove both trees entirely, including the stumps. They added in another nearby stump for removal that frees a spot for the Friends to work on tree replacements. (two pics attached of the successive work, one shows the extra stump in the foreground just as the canopy was starting to be removed, second one demonstrates the show the work put on for those in the park these past two weeks).

A key facet of the project was PPR adding ground protection mats to the scope of work purchase. These mats will be able to be used in future projects around the city to protect soil and paved areas from damage of heavy equipment such as that needed to take down the large trees.

Join us in thanking the department for removing these hazards and saluting them for continuing to innovate on best management practices in our parks!



Update: The tree removal is well under way, and will continue on November 18th.   We have been told that one playground should be open later tomorrow.

The removal of the large London Plane tree on the west side of the playground has finally been confirmed for November 17th, and work may continue on the 18th if necessary.  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!

A Park Renovation: Your Membership Dues at Work!


Summer may be over, but things are still stirring in Clark Park. The planned renovations in A Park are finally coming to fruition. New chess tables have been installed, new stone fines are being spread, and grass has been replanted in the area temporarily inhabited by Parks on Tap this summer. Friends of Clark Park has provided the bulk of the financing, augmented by our share of the proceeds from Parks on Tap. We’re thrilled to invite you to come see the improvements!