Honoring Those Who Have Served – Friends of Clark Park Veterans Day Commemoration

Troop 152 Boy Scouts display the flag, Veterans Day Commemoration, November 2016.

Saturday, November 11 – 11:00 am – at the Gettysburg Stone in Clark Park, near 44th and Baltimore Ave.

Please join the Friends of Clark Park, students of the HMS School and the Boy Scouts in honoring all those who have served in the Armed Forces.  Featured will be Temple Professor Anthony “Andy” Waskie, a historian who re-enacts the deeds of General George G. Meade.   All are welcome.

Are you a veteran?  If so, we would like to recognize and honor you. Please email your name and phone number to frbyers@aol.com.

Clark Park Youth Soccer Gets Ready for 21st? 22nd? Fall Season!

Registration is now underway for the Fall season of Clark Park Youth Soccer, enjoyed by kids and their families for more than 20 years!  Our family-friendly program for children ages 5-11 kicks off on Saturday, September 23rd.

Information about the program, costs, and registration are available on our Youth Soccer page.  Sign up now — don’t miss out!

(And of course, we’re looking for volunteer coaches — if you enjoy working with kids, like to play soccer, and would love to spend your Saturdays at Clark Park, you’re the person we need!  Email clarkparksoccer@yahoo.com for details.)

Clark Park Youth Soccer Starting 3/25

We will have walk-in registration on Saturday, March 25th for children ages 8 and up — there are just a few spaces left on our 8-9 teams, but plenty of room for more on the 10-11 teams. Teams for children ages 5 to 7 are completely full. Walk-in registration will take place at Rosenberger Hall, 10:00 am to 12:15 pm. Rosenberger Hall is the University of the Sciences building on the 43rd St. side of the park, south of the basketball court.  Please email clarkparksoccer@yahoo.com with any questions.

The coaches, parents, and children playing soccer will be grateful to dog walkers for clearing the bowl by 10:00 on Saturday — and especially for ensuring that your dogs haven’t left behind any special “treats”.  Thank you!

Youth Soccer Registration – Don’t Miss Out!

We may be bracing for a blizzard, but we’re less than two weeks away from the start of the spring season of Clark Park Youth Soccer. Registrations are coming in quickly — we still have plenty of room for children ages 8 to 11, but teams for ages 5 to 7 are filling up fast.  Don’t miss out!  Register online, or download a registration form to mail in from our Youth Soccer page.

If finances are a problem, please contact clarkparksoccer@yahoo.com — because of generous donations to our “soccership” fund, we can help!

Youth Soccer: Registration for Spring Season

Registration is now open for the Spring season of Clark Park Youth Soccer, Friends of Clark Park’s popular family-friendly program for children ages 5 to 11. The season will begin on Saturday, March 25th and continue every Saturday until May 20th. Clark Park Youth Soccer is a low-cost, volunteer-run program that introduces children to the game of soccer in a non-competitive environment that encourages participation of children of all abilities.

Full information about the program and links to registration forms are available on our Youth Soccer page, or by contacting clarkparksoccer@yahoo.com . Support from local organizations and business keep the registration costs for the program low, but for families with financial need we also have “soccership” funds, available thanks to generous donations made in memory of Paul Brooks, the founder of the program.


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.


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.