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.




Celebrate Earth Day at Clark Park on Saturday, 4/19 with Great Lakes Brewing Co.!

This Saturday, April 19th – Celebrate Earth Day by lending a hand at Clark Park and hang out for a beer at Local 44 afterwards! Great Lakes Brewing Co., the Fairmount Park Conservancy, and the Friends of Clark Park are pleased to celebrate Earth Day with a fun workday from 12-3pm, followed by an after-party for volunteers at Local 44! We will be planting some lovely new plants in our gardens, mulching trees, and cleaning up. Some lucky volunteers will go home with Great Lakes souvenirs and tokens for a free beer at one of our favorite neighborhood spots. They’ll be pouring a super line up of Great Lakes beers all day long at Local 44, but the beer will taste much better if you volunteer! Great Lakes representatives will also be on hand at our Membership meeting on Wednesday (4/16) Please pre-register to volunteer at the link below:

Event Date: 04/19
Event Time: 12-2:30 PM
Location: Clark Park and Local 44
Price: Free
Type: Beer

Photo courtesy UCD.

Audition for an epic battle with Shakespeare in Clark Park

Henry IV PosterHenry IV: Your Prince and Mine is Shakespeare in Clark Park’s next performance. Shakespeare in Clark Park has been producing professional Shakespeare productions outdoors in West Philadelphia every summer for the past eight years. This free, outdoor theatrical production will feature a cast of one hundred Philadelphians will be involved in creating massive outdoor battle scenes as part of a  a full production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV.

Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine
by William Shakespeare

Presented by Shakespeare in Clark Park

July 30th – August 3rd, 2014

We’re looking for people who:

– are interested in getting to know a hundred new friends in their community

– are looking for a fun way to get in shape over the summer

– are interested in theater, Shakespeare, or getting stabbed with an invisible sword

– love Clark Park and the neighborhoods around it

– no performance experience necessary!
In order to recruit these participants, we are holding two sessions on April 5th – 6th at Christ Church Neighborhood House (20 N. American Street, near 2nd and Market.)  Interested participants can sign up for a try-out spot on our website –



In honor of the famous statue of novelist Charles Dickens that has graced  Clark Park since 1901, the Friends of Clark Park is hosting a birthday bash to honor the author. The annual Charles Dickens Birthday Party is one of West Philadelphia’s most unique and entertaining events. This year, we’ll celebrate the novelist’s 202nd birthday with dramatic readings, music, and tasty treats. The party will commence at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, in Griffith Hall of the University of the Sciences, 43rd and Kingsessing, across the street from Clark Park. Admission is free.

Curio Theatre’s Josh Hitchens will perform scenes from Hard Times. Actors Ceil Mann and Larry Beck will read selections from David Copperfield and Nicholas Nickleby, and local writer and Dickens ambassador Edward G. Pettit will treat the audience to a Dickens ghost story. They’ll be joined on stage by guest readers from the community with selections from Great Expectations and other novels. The program will conclude with a performance by the Kingsessing Morris Men, prize winners at the 2014 Mummers Parade, who will offer a sampling of English morris dancing. The festivities will end with the traditional walk to the Dickens statue where we will all sing “Happy Birthday!”

Dickens was a literary superstar when the neighborhoods of West Philadelphia were developed with new housing, schools, and parks. The bronze Dickens was installed in ClarkPark in 1901 and for over a century it was the only Dickens statue in the world, due to the novelist’s request that no memorials or statues were to be erected in his honor. West Philadelphians meet annually on or near his birthday to commemorate the statue’s special role in their neighborhood’s history and in literary history.

Everyone is invited to attend—but please come early. The program begins at 2 p.m. sharp and concludes about an hour and a half later.

Caroling in the Park – December 15th

You are invited to one of the oldest traditions of Clark Park:

Sunday, December 15 – 5:00 pm – Christmas caroling by candlelight 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 tree.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.  For information, call 215-222-2255.  


Membership Meeting: Monday (10/21)! Your attendance is critical!

On Monday, October 21st at 7:00pm in Lecture Hall A in Griffith Hall at the University of the Sciences (S.43rd St. between Chester Ave. and Woodland Ave.), the Friends of Clark Park will once again hold their board elections. This is a very important meeting for members, as we choose our leadership and make crucial decisions that will impact the future of the park. This year, President Erin Engelstad will step down to make room for the new guard. Douglas Naphas runs unopposed for the position of president. Doug has been deeply involved in the Friends of Clark Park since 2010. He has shown incredible dedication to the group and represents us each week at theFoCP merchandise table at the Saturday Farmers’ Market. He most recently served as Secretary and has provided the board with his immaculate record keeping skills. Joining Doug on the ballot and also running unopposed for the role of vice president will be Chip Natarajan. Chip has also served on the board since 2010. He is a dedicated board ambassador of the park who has served our community well with his willing and helpful spirit. Frank Chance, a stalwart of the board who possesses a remarkably vast institutional knowledge, will run for the role of secretary. We will once again elect our beloved Bill Moriarty as treasurer. We need all members to attend in order for our elections to be successful! Please join us and have your voice heard by voting for our new leadership.

FIGMENT Participatory Art Experience Announces First Annual Philadelphia Event – “FIGMENT Phila” – on October 6th in Clark Park Call for Interactive Art Projects and Volunteers Now Open

FIGMENT Phila Press Release 2013


Bevan Weissman, Lead Producer (Philadelphia)
Ashley Lippolis, Communications Director (Philadelphia)
Caitlin Martin Curatorial Director (Philadelphia)

FIGMENT Participatory Art Experience Announces First Annual
Philadelphia Event – “FIGMENT Phila” – on October 6th in Clark Park
Call for Interactive Art Projects and Volunteers Now Open

(Philadelphia, PA) FIGMENT, a free, family-friendly participatory arts experience held in multiple cities and attracting tens of thousands of participants each year, will hold its first annual event in Philadelphia – “FIGMENT Phila” – on Sunday, October 6th from 11am-5pm in West Philadelphia’s Clark Park. Free to attend and open to all ages, FIGMENT Phila will transform Clark Park into a large-scale, hands-on collaborative artwork – an explosion of creative energy. This day-long event invites everyone to actively participate in a multitude of interactive art projects throughout Clark Park – perhaps a game, workshop, challenge, or exploratory play – from artists in a variety of disciplines, in every conceivable medium. Produced entirely by volunteers, FIGMENT Phila is a celebration of interactive art and community where everything is possible.

No matter who you are, where you’re from, or how old you are, we can all be artists. FIGMENT Phila is an exciting opportunity for artists of all trades and experiences to have their work come alive and take shape at the hands of willing participants. Artists interested in bringing a participatory art project to FIGMENT Phila must submit their idea online by August 23, 2013 for consideration. Projects must be interactive, safe, and family-friendly. For information about project submissions and guidelines, please visit

FIGMENT Phila is a non-commercial event powered entirely by volunteers and in collaboration with the University City District. We are seeking members of the community interested in donating their time and efforts to help build this experience. Those interested in volunteering are asked to fill out the Volunteer Interest Form:
For more information about FIGMENT Phila, please visit

Ushers needed for Shakespeare in Clark Park

Shakespeare in Clark Park is looking for volunteer ushers for this year’s production of “The Tempest”.  Performance dates are Wednesday, July 24 – Sunday, July 28 at 7pm in Clark Park in West Philly.  Performances will be held in the Bowl, near 43rd Street and Chester Avenue.  (Rain location at St Francis De Sales School — 917 S 47th St)

If you’re interested in helping out, please go to and let us know when you are available.  For more information about SCP and “The Tempest”, email
Thanks in advance!