Clark Park Festival Seeks Interns!

Clark Park Festivals seeks interns for their 2011’s festivals on Saturday June 25th (Summer Solstice) and Saturday September 17th (Fall Equinox). This year will mark the festival’s 41st year. This makes the festival one of the longest running festivals in Philadelphia. We usually have 40 vendors and 8-10 bands performing at each festival. The Festival traditionally happens on the Saturday closest to the Summer Solstice and Fall Equinox annually. The festival is time to celebrate West Philly generally and includes both rock and non-rock acts, kids activities, arts and crafts and vendors.

A Little Bit of History

Since 1970, the Clark Park Music and Arts Festival has been a neighborhood tradition at 43rd and Chester Ave. The Festivals provide an excellent forum for residents to meet their neighbors and benefit from the artistic wealth of Philadelphia. Responding to the needs of a changing community, the Festival has grown in scope. Today the Festival includes children’s events and activities, arts and crafts vending, a greater diversity of performances to include all kinds of music, dance and theater, and a chance for non profit organizations to reach out to the neighborhood about all sorts of issues. Volunteers of all kinds from anywhere are encouraged to participate.

Past performances have included The Dead Milkmen, The Goats, Prowler and many others. We are seeking out interns for this year’s festival. The responsibility of the intern(s) is to work closely with the music director of the festival in gathering information for Press Releases, Flyering, handling media affairs, planning and attending benefit concerts and assisting the music director the day of the festival. Please direct all inquiries with a brief description of why you want to be involved. Please email if interested!

Summer 2011 Events Schedule Update

The FOCP Large Events Committee has submitted the following schedule of events to Parks and Recreation for permits. Because of the Park A reconstruction, all 2011 large events will be held in B or C park.

As we’ve reported before the permit process has not yet been settled in the new Parks and Rec department. All events have been entered into our Google Calendar (at right), and if there are any changes, we’ll post the news on this website.

April 16/23: Uhuru Flea Market
May 7: Spruce Hill May Fair
May 14: Uhuru Flea Market
June 11: Best Fest*
June 28: Uhuru Flea Market
June 25: Summer Solstice Festival
July 23: Uhuru Flea Market
August 20: Uhuru Flea Market
September 10: Woodland Avenue Reunion
September 17: Fall Equinox Festival
September 17: Uhuru Flea Market
(These two events will coordinate space-sharing)
September 24: Youth Soccer Fall Season
October 15: Uhuru Flea Market

*ADDENDUM: Erin Engelstad just informed us that there will not be a Best Fest this year.

Youth Soccer Report for 2010

Clark Park Youth Soccer Program completed another successful season in Fall 2010 with nine straight Saturdays of beautiful soccer weather! With a record-breaking number of registrations, nearly 200 children ages 5 to 11 played on eight teams in a rainbow-colored array of t-shirts.

The organizers of the program attributed the high registration to increased efforts to promote the soccer program at more area schools, with flyers distributed at Alexander Wilson and Henry Lea elementary schools.

The Clark Park Youth Soccer Program is a non-competitive program for kids of all abilities, bringing kids to the park for a couple of hours of fun, fresh air and exercise, and the chance to learn about teamwork along with some basic soccer skills. Many children who got their first taste of the game in the Clark Park program have moved on to more competitive programs at their schools or elsewhere in the city.

Coaches for the program are all volunteers – some are parents, many are students at local colleges, some are just soccer enthusiasts who want to share their love for the game. Parents and other volunteers help keep the program running by managing equipment, providing snacks and participating enthusiastically in the traditional last-day Kids vs. Parents game.

While participants pay a small registration and insurance fee, the program is strongly supported by Friends of Clark Park, and by the generosity of individuals and area businesses. Sponsors’ support allows the program to offer “soccerships” to families so that no child is ever turned away because of financial need.

The Spring 2011 season will kick off on Saturday, March 19th. Watch for registration materials in the mail if you’ve participated in previous seasons, or learn more about the program at the Youth Soccer Page, or by “friending” Clark Park Youth Soccer on Facebook!

— Kathleen Turner

PS: By clicking on “Youth Soccer” under the “Categories” list at right, you can read all posts about Youth Soccer.

Youth Soccer Enrollment for Spring 2011

Clark Park Youth Soccer League’s Spring 2011 season begins on Saturday, March 19th and continues until May 21st. Please register today!

5-6 year olds and 6-7 year olds will play from 10:30 to noon and 7-8 year olds and 9-11 year olds will play from noon-1:30pm each Saturday.

We try to assure anyone who sends pre-registration forms postmarked by the deadline of March 1st will be assigned a place on a team in their age group. CPYSL players must be at least 5 years old but no older than 12 years on March 19th.

Letter to Parents for Spring 2011

Registration Form for Spring 2011


FOCP’s Youth Soccer Page

FOCP Board Minutes, December 13, 2010

Friends of Clark Park Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, December 13, 2010
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Rosenberger Hall

Present: Ed Halligan, President; Brian Siano, Vice-President; Erin Englestad, Secretary; Fran Byers, Ben Gollotti, Darryl Stovall, Kathleen Turner

Absent: Michael Brennan, Sarah Coburn, Frank Chance, Past President; Douglas Naphas, Chip Natarayan, Linda Schnolis, Jonathan Snyder, Past President; Bill Moriarty, Treasurer; Barbara Turner, Tony West

Guests: Danielle Denk, Milan Marvelous, West Philadelphia Urban Living Studio
Alex Doty, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

General News and Reports

Alex Doty, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia led a discussion of the progress the City has made regarding hePhiladelphia Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan. The City has completed Phase One and will soon commence Phase Two (Northeast, West and Souhwest Philadelphia). They are currently completing a survey of West Philadelphia. Our FoCP Master Plan was forwarded to the Streets Department for consideration in the plan. Bicycle recommendations will be discussed at an upcoming Planning Committee meeting.

Danielle Denk and Milan Marvelous of the West Philadelphia Urban Living Studio presented a proposal they are developing to connect park space to the Schuylkill River via an extension of the Schuylkill River Trail and the development of a sister park, the Mill Creek Park. A motion was passed to endorse a feasibility study for the project and for the Friends of Clark Park to serve as fiscal sponsor for the study.

Status of A Park

Ed Halligan reported A Park construction and reopening is on track. We do not know when the lightas will be rstored. Construction barriers will likely remain intact until April. No large events will be held in Park A in 2011.

Committee Reports

Membership: Fran Byers reported that she and Tony West are currently updating the membership list and sending renewal notices.

Maintenance: Committee Chair Frank Chance is absent and unable to present a report. The issue of the FOCP Board having access to the Moon maintenance Contract was raised again. Ed Halligan will look into it.

Large events: Tony West reported the Committee will be having a follow-up meeting on Tuesday, December 21st. The Dept., of Parks and Recreation is vague about what to do with permit applications in 2011. The Committee will present recommendations to the department.

Kathleen Turner inquired about archival processes for the FoCP Board. Mike Brennan suggested creating an online wiki that board members could access. A small web task force will be set up for FoCP web presence and archival issues.