You’re Invited to the Dickens Birthday Bash!

 

Please join us 2 pm Sunday, February 5th, at Griffith Hall at the University of the Sciences, for our annual celebration of the life and works of Victorian novelist Charles Dickens. This year marks the 205th anniversary of his birth. Clark Park is home to one of the world’s only statues of the author of David Copperfield and A Christmas Carol, and every year we gather to remember our famous resident. We’ll have dramatic readings from his works, Morris dancers, music, food, and birthday cake! Admission is free, and all are welcome!

General Membership Meeting January 30th

Friends of Clark Park are having a General Membership meeting Monday, January 30th, at 7 pm in Griffith Lecture Hall A at the University of the Sciences. All members are invited, and so is any park lover with questions, concerns, or ideas about Clark Park. We’re planning a facilitated conversation about how the park can contribute more to the health of park users and neighbors. The discussion will go beyond general environmental health sources such as tree cover and air quality, focusing more acutely on opportunities for evaluating the physical attributes of the park and healthy programming for all ages.

Clark Park is a treasure to have embedded in a neighborhood and the accessibility of the park by walking and multiple modes of transportation is exceptional.   But does the park adequately support the overall health of those that use or pass by the park regularly? Does the park make contributions to community health such as providing a space for physical activity and social interaction for all ages? Do the preceding questions lead us to ideas for improvements to the park-built environment and programming? Please join us and share your thoughts and ideas!

Parks and Rec Makes Short Work of Fallen Branches

Thanks to quick action by USP and Philadelphia Parka and Recreation, Clark Park’s recent storm trauma was quickly cleaned up yesterday, allowing drivers to leave the parking lot and park lovers to roam freely. As you can see the tree damage was quite extensive, and the Friends of Clark Park would like to thank PPR (and especially Sue Buck) for their prompt and thorough help on a busy clean-up day!

Martin Luther King Day of Service January 16th

Please come and help Clark Park this MLK Day, and then celebrate Dr. King’s legacy with a community gathering. We’ll be mulching and cleaning up the park from 10 am – 1 pm, using the mulch from recycled local Christmas trees (have a tree to recycle? make sure you bring it to the park January 7th – see post below). An starting at 3 pm, please join us for a community gathering in the spirit of MLK. We’ll be affirming a collective adherence to continuing Dr. King’s work in our community today with song and spoken word. We hope to see you there!

Recycle Your Christmas Tree This Saturday in Clark Park

UC Green will be treecycling this Saturday, January 7th, from 10 – 4 in Clark Park. Trees will be recycled into wood chip mulch to be used in Clark Park, and the challenge is on to provide all the mulch needed for the upcoming Martin Luther King Day of Service. While you’re waiting for the chipper to fire up, enjoy our free roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate, or shop for some goods at the Clark Park Farmer’s market. A $10 – $20 donation per tree will go towards supporting UC Green programs.  For questions or more information, visit the UC Green Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1814743668794094/

#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.

Trash in Clark Park

Yesterday, I spent three hours as a volunteer bagging trash in B Park.  I did this because we are between SMA’s (Seasonal Maintenance Associates), the summer season (funded by PP&R) having ended in October (with an extension to November 12) and the winter season (funded by UCD) having not begun yet.  So for two weeks the trash cans have gone untended, and as many people have noticed, they are overflowing.   I took the bags in the shed out and moved trash to the curb, putting in new bags, for a dozen or so of the cans around the Tot Lot and the bowl, until I ran out of bags and energy.   While doing this I had some thoughts about trash in the park.

First, please remember that everything you leave in a trash can in Clark Park has to be moved to the curb by hand.  There are no machines that come in and empty the cans (though the SMA uses a wheelbarrow).  In an ideal world we would like park users to take their trash with them, though we know that is unlikely.   But there are things you can do to help the situation.  If you are throwing away a water bottle, empty it first.  The trees need the water more than the trash truck does, and liquids are heavy.

Second, household trash has no place in park trash cans.   This applies equally to automotive trash, such as old tires, and to construction debris.   The SMA has enough work to do dealing with trash generated in the park, without having to deal with stuff brought in from elsewhere.

Third, if you have a party or a picnic in the park, please bring your own trash bags.  Ideally you should take that trash out of the park when you leave, but if you fill them and leave them beside the trash cans it is easy for the SMA to deal with it.   But if you put 30 dirty plates and cups into a trash bag, it is filled up and can’t be used by others.  So please add trash bags to your shopping list for parties in the park.

Thank you for your continued support of the Friends of Clark Park!

Love Clark Park This Saturday!

Come join us this Saturday, November 12th, starting at 9:30 am.  We will be planting, raking and mulching – and enjoying snacks and the company of fellow park-lovers.  Volunteers are welcome to take time out for our annual Veteran’s Day Commemoration at the Gettysburg Stone at 11.  See you then!

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