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.

Bark in the Park on October 5!

Saturday, October 5 – 2 pm – Bark in the Park – in Clark “B” Park at 43rd and Chester Ave., near the bowl. More than 25 doggie contests, meet the vet, buy chances for a package of doggie goodies. Fun for dogs and their human friends. All are welcome.

Evan’s Fig Stand for City Kitties!

Do you love kitties, great causes, AND delicious figs? If so, be sure to come out tonight to Clark Park! Evan’s Fig Stand will be in the plaza! Evan was featured on the Ellen Degeneres Show in January for his impressive philanthropic history.

11 year-old Evan Sweitzer lives in our neighborhood and will set up his new fig stand (provided by Ellen) in Clark Park to raise money for City Kitties Rescue, a local group that helps cats in need. Evan has been giving his allowance to the shelter since he was in kindergarten!

Do you have a producing fig tree and extra figs? Please bring them out tonight to supplement Evan’s supply to raise money for City Kitties!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Sept. 6, 7, and 8

1451536In the town of Sleepy Hollow, there are many tall tales of ghosts. Curio brings the unforgettable legend of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman to Clark Park in a new adaptation that combines spellbinding storytelling with live music, sound effects, and a real campfire to create a night of thrills and chills for the entire family.  Kids, feel free to bring the grownups! And a blanket, chair and snacks!

FREE to the public in West Philly’s Clark Park
September 6, 7, 8 at 7:30pm

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
By Washington Irving
Adapted by Josh Hitchens
Directed by Cara Blouin
September 6, 7, 8 at 7:30pm
– FREE in Clark Park

Chaplin Arrives in Clark Park on August 30!

On August 30, at 7 p.m. Clark Park will be host to a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s classic film Modern Times.

The film was simultaneously Chaplin’s first film with sound, and the last for his iconic “Little Tramp” character. In the Great Depression, Chaplin does battle with the machines of modern industry, is chased by police, goes to prison, teams up with Paulette Goddard, finds odd jobs in hard times, and even sings at the end.

Clark park MODERN TIMES poster-page-001_1So come on out and enjoy one of the greatest comedies ever made!

Modern Times at Wikipedia




FOCP Letter regarding Development of 4224 Baltimore

The Friends of Clark Park organized a committee to evaluate the design proposals for U2 Venture’s development of the property at 4224 Baltimore Avenue. The following letter was sent to Barry Grossbach, chair of the Spruce Hill Community Association’s Zoning Committee:

Spruce Hill Community Association
Zoning Committee
257 S. 45th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Dear Barry Grossbach,

As a close neighbor to the 4224 development, the Friends of Clark Park have a vested interest in the future of the site. We have appointed a committee on the topic. The committee members have attended the public meetings held regarding the site hosted by U3Ventures and made recommendations to the larger membership which have been approved and agreed upon. The Friends of Clark Park is in favor of the proposed project by U3Ventures with the following recommendations/stipulations:

  • The portion of the building facing the park should be low and inviting.
  • We prefer the design of the building to include terracing and include as many green features as possible.
  • The project must support the efforts of the existing Farmers’ Market.
  • Retail should be limited to certain smaller, community-oriented retailers and should be encumbered as such to require this stipulation remain in the future.
  • The Friends of Clark Park look with favor on the idea of building a proportion of condo units into the development, to support a desirable owner-renter balance in the community which in turn will support the park.

Thank you for your consideration of these recommendations.


Erin Engelstad

President, Friends of Clark Park


Christmas Caroling in Clark Park, Dec. 16

REMINDER: on Sunday, December 16, at 5:00 pm, there will be Christmas caroling in Clark Park, in “B” park near 45th & Regent St.

The Friends of Clark Park invite you to come raise your voice with your neighbors in singing traditional Christmas carols around the Community Christmas tree. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

For information, call 215-222-2255.