4th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup on April 2!

Greater Philadelphia Cares, in partnership with The City of Philadelphia, is offering great projects for the 4th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 2, 2011, from 9:00am to 2:00pm. And our Neighbors in Action Program is front and center! Contact Ray Gant to sign up at 215-964-7627 or rohproject@comcast.net for one of these great projects. Groups are welcome!

Saturday, April 2, 2011:

1. 400 N. 65th Street, West Philly 19151 – 9am to 2pm, 100 volunteers needed.

2. 200 N. Simpson Street, West Philly 19139 – 9am to 2pm, 100 volunteers needed.

3. 400 N.Simpson Street, West Philly 19151 – 9am to 2pm, 100 volunteers needed.

4. 1800 N. Etting Street, North Philly 19121 – 9am to 2pm, 100 volunteers needed.

5. H Street and Ontario Street, North Philly 19134 – 9am to 2pm, 150 volunteers needed.

6. 2200 and 2300 W. Thompson Street, North Philly 19124 -9am to 2pm, 100 volunteers needed

7. 5000 N. 3rd Street, North Philly 19120, 9am to 2pm, 100 volunteers needed.

8. 1800 Meadow Street, Frankford 19124, 9am to 2pm, 200 volunteers needed.

9. 3100 W. Tasker St., South Philly 19145, 10am -2pm, 100 volunteers needed.

10. 1500 N. 6th Street, North Philly 19122, 9am -2pm, 100 volunteers needed.

11. 2500 N. 28th Street, North Philly 19132, 9am to 2pm, 50 volunteers needed.

We’re out to put an end to litter and illegal dumping – permanently. Join us!

Greater Philadelphia Cares
100 South Broad Street, Suite 2200
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19110


Support Parkland Protection Bill on March 9

Public Hearing — Parks Ordinance
Wednesday, March 9, 1:30 to 3:30pm
City Hall, Room 400*=20

City Council’s Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs has scheduled a Public Hearing to hear testimony on Bill No. 110002 (https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/372/images/BillNo11000200.pdf) on* March 9 at 1:30 pm*. Click here to view the Public Hearing Notice (http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/372/images/Bill No 110002.doc). The Bill was introduced by Council Members Reynolds Brown and O’Neill on January 27, 1011.

The hearing is the next step in a process begun by the Commission on Parks and Recreation in September 2010 when it released a draft Open Lands Protection Ordinance for public review and discussion. On January 19, 2011 the Commission voted to approve a revised Ordinance (https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/372/images/Open Lands Protection ORD Comm Final Draft 1.14.11.doc) reflecting many of the comments received from the public and key stakeholders.

The Parks Alliance is pleased to support the passage of the Council Bill as it was introduced. Click here to view the Parks Alliance’s comments (https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/372/images/Open Lands Prot Ord Revised Comments FINAL 1.20.11.doc) on the Commission’s final Ordinance which is identical to the Council Bill.

To sign up to give testimony at the March 9 City Council Hearing contact Katharine Gilmore at the office of Councilwoman Reynolds Brown at:

215-686-3438/9 or Katharine.gilmore@phila.gov.

Thank you for all that you do for Philadelphia’s parks and recreation,
The Philadelphia Parks Alliance

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.

Migrating Mailing Lists: Question for FOCP Members

As one of the site managers for the Friends of Clark Park, I’d like to ask your opinion on a feature we plan on implementing soon.

The FOCP currently maintains an email mailing list of its members which we use for announcements. However, this new website system offers us the ability to let people _subscribe_ to the site. People can receive emails notifying them of new posts.

When we implement this “subscribe” feature, I would like to set up subscriptions for all the FOCP’s members. Most members get emails from us on the old list to begin with. It’d save you all some work, and it’d ensure that no one gets left behind.

But, I do not want to subscribe anyone to a list without their consent. So, please, let us know what you think of this feature— whether you want to be subscribed or not, any alternate suggestions you may have, whatever. Please leave comments (by clicking on “Leave a Comment” below).

And this will also demonstrate how this site can facilitate community discussion.

Thank you,
Brian Siano
Vice-President, Friends of Clark Park

Trash and Recycling

Friends, we often walk through the park and notice that the trash and recycling bins are full. Our SMA (Seasonal Maintenance Associate) does his best to keep up with them, but especially when the weather is bad, or on long weekends (like this one) he can fall behind. By the way, the summer SMA (Thomas) works full-time in Clark Park, and the winter SMA (Doug) works part-time at Clark Park and part time at Malcolm X Park. Their salaries and benefits are paid for by the Parks & Recreation Department and the University City District, and they do a good job of keeping the parks tidy.
However, you can help them a lot. If the trash cans are full, DO NOT put trash (other than cans and bottles) into the recycling cans! On the other hand, if you go by a trash can that is full of cans and bottles, you can always move them into the recycling! And, if you are part of a gathering, picnic, or other event in the park, the best way to handle trash and recycling is to take them out with you. Next best is to bring a trash bag with you and leave your refuse tied up beside the cans in the park. That way the cans do not fill up too quickly. Last but not least, if you notice a lot of trash, a phone call or email to one of the groups that help take care of the park (Parks&Rec, UCD, USP, or FoCP) can alert us and we can take appropriate action.
See you in Clark Park!
Frank L. Chance, Past President


Former FOCP President Frank Innes recently announced, “Our longtime neighbor and friend, Paul Brooks, died at 1am Saturday, Feb. 5, surrounded by his wife, Joan, and his children Annie and Nick, after a long illness.”

Paul will be fondly remembered as a past president of the Friends of Clark Park, during the late ’90s. During his time on the FoCP Board, he founded Clark Park Youth Soccer as well as the Clark Park Tree Endowment. He was one of a small band of park activists whose long study and persistent lobbying helped bring about the Clark Park Revitalization Master Plan of 2001.

In 2005, Brooks received the Veteran Volunteer Award from the Dept. of Recreation for 15 years of tireless service to the beloved park across the street from his house. He was a model of what it means to be a good neighbor.

In his non-park life, Paul was an attorney for Community Legal Services. Among his hobbies were sailing and bicycling. “Services will be held in mid-March,” said Frank, “and I’ll forward the details when I know them.”

At the Dickens Birthday party, some members discussed possibly doing a tree-planting in Paul’s honor. Interested people should contact their FoCP Board Members.