Loss of a Friend

Xmas tree mulch spreading

Winnie Harris organizing the volunteers at the 2017 MLK Service Day — spreading the Christmas Tree mulch in Clark Park!

The Friends of Clark Park were deeply saddened this past week to learn of the tragic loss of Winnie Harris. Winnie was a tireless advocate for building community through care of each other and care of our neighborhood, and was a beloved friend of Clark Park. Her life being cut short is an enormous loss and she will be greatly missed. Winnie was truly the salt of the earth. Her example will live large for the Friends, and we commit to living her example and carrying on with the work she started and championed.

#GivingTuesdayClarkPark

GivingTuesdayClarkParkAfter giving thanks and getting deals, it’s time to give back! #GivingTuesday is the day to make a difference in your community.  And what better way to do that than to make a gift to the Friends of Clark Park?  Clark Park reaches the heart and soul of our community, connects us and empowers us to act locally – and the Friends support the park with maintenance, improvements and advocacy.  This Tuesday, consider joining and making a financial donation to the Friends of Clark Park.  Your contribution will go toward new benches, tree care, garden improvements, and tireless advocacy for West Philadelphia’s most engagingly active green space.

And remember, #GivingTuesday is about more than just one day.  Come work with us over the next year. Volunteer with us as we steward the park and stay connected. Spend this week doing one good deed for the park each day you are there, like bringing a bag with you to pick up trash you see. Or join us to clean up leaves this Saturday, December 2nd, at 10:00 am – we’ll meet by the shed.
Don’t forget to post your #unselfie. Add Clark Park to your giving story this Tuesday and beyond and tell everyone how you are giving back to your park.

Clark Park Youth Soccer: Registration Update

Walk-in registration for Clark Park Youth Soccer will take place on Saturday, September 24th, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, in Rosenberger Hall (the brick building on 43rd Street near the basketball court. Those registering in person on Saturday can pay by cash or check; we cannot accept credit/debit card payments.

At this time, our 5-6 and 6-7 age groups are nearly full; there is plenty of room still for children ages 8 to 11!

Please see our Soccer web page for registration links, and for more information about the program, or email clarkparksoccer@yahoo.com .

Registration Open: Clark Park Youth Soccer

Registration is now underway for the fall season of Clark Park Youth Soccer. This Friends of Clark Park-sponsored program — now in it’s 20th year — is a family-friendly, non-competitive program for children ages 5 to 11. The program takes place in the Clark Park “Bowl” on Saturdays, 10:30 to Noon for ages 5 to 7, and Noon to 1:30 for ages 8 to 11. Volunteer coaches provide instruction on the basic skills of soccer, with scrimmage games between teams in each age group; children of any ability are encouraged to join in.

The soccer program is very popular, drawing families from the neighborhood and all around the city; families are urged to register early to ensure that there is space available for their children. The Fall season will begin on Saturday, September 24th and continue through November 19th. Visit our soccer page for registration links, details about the program and costs, including information about assistance available for families with financial need. Please contact clarkparksoccer@yahoo.com with any questions, or if you’re interested in volunteering.

Clark Park Soccer weather update

Because of the rain, today’s soccer sessions are cancelled, but we will still be doing walk-in registration and t-shirt pick up from 10:00 to 12:30 in Rosenberger Hall. Please note that teams for ages 5-7 are completely full; we are only accepting registration for children ages 8 to 11.

West Philly African & Caribbean Multicultural Festival (WestPac Fest)

ethiopia flagPalms Solutions, The African Diaspora Global Initiative in collaboration with the Friends of Clark Park (FOCP) and the Mayor’s Commission on African & Caribbean Immigrant Affairs, is hosting the kick off of its annual “West Philly African & Caribbean Multicultural Festival (Westpac Fest)” event on October 17th, 2015, featuring Ethiopia and Mali. The celebration is an opportunity to experience Philadelphia’s vibrant and growing African and Caribbean immigrant population.

flag maliThe goal of WestPac Fest is to break down the cultural and ethnic barriers among communities in West Philly, promote a friendly, and welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds, and together build a place where diversity is recognized and valued.

This year‘s celebration is a tribute to the late Ms. Frances P. Aulston, President and CEO of the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and the Paul Robeson House. Among other great achievements, “Ms. Aulston was instrumental in bringing about the preservation of the last residence of Paul Robeson, a legendary artist, scholar, athlete, activist, and humanitarian”.

 Join the celebration on Saturday, October 17th from 2 to 6 pm, in Clark Park (North Park “Plaza”)!

Clark Park Youth Soccer: Fall Registration now open!

Registration has started for the Fall season of Clark Park Youth Soccer, Friends of Clark Park’s family-friendly program for children ages 5 to 11. The Fall season will begin on Saturday, October 3rd, and continue until November 21st.  From our soccer program webpage, you can access printable registration forms, or register and pay online — if neither of those options work for you, pick up a registration form from the Friends of Clark Park table at the Saturday Farmers Market, or email your mailing address to clarkparksoccer@yahoo.com.