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Love Your Park Week

Celebrate the upcoming warm seasons by helping to get your favorite parks ready by volunteering for Love Your Park Week!

neighbors planting a tree together.

Spring and summer are busy seasons for enjoying the outdoors in Philadelphia. With so many parks available to residents and visitors it is quite a feat to keep up with their cleanliness and maintenance. Love Your Park Week, organized by a partnership between the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department, Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Park Friends Network, is a celebration of our public parks. Taking place May 11 – 19, this Week also brings together many opportunities and hundreds of volunteers with the goal of hosting clean-up events to prepare the parks for the upcoming seasons.

 

But don’t despair, it’s not just work. Love Your Park Week also features free activities like movie nights and birding tours. Volunteer events will focus on planting flowers, tending trees, and removing litter. Tools are provided, and volunteers of all ages are encouraged. You can register in advance for any of the clean-up initiatives.

 

Group of volunteers doing clean up work in a Philadelphia park

Photo courtesy of Albert Yee for Fairmount Park Conservancy

Love Your Park Week showcases Philadelphia’s incredible parks and the civic spirit of our city’s residents,” said Maura McCarthy, CEO of Fairmount Park Conservancy. “We are inspired by the Park Friends Groups that tend to their neighborhood parks, gardens, playgrounds, and trails so that everyone can enjoy these unique public spaces. Love Your Park Week is an easy and fun way for residents to connect with their local group, meet neighbors and fellow park users, and learn about volunteer opportunities throughout the year.”

 

This spring the “signature event” for Love Your Park Week takes place at Stinger Square, with a DJ, free food, activities, and speakers featuring City and Conservancy officials for all the volunteers. There are over 100 events planned, with every area of the city being included. The full list is available on their site, as well as the free or low-cost events being held to celebrate the city’s public parks. We published the free and low-cost events here for our readers, too!

 

 

 

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Lead photo by Albert Yee for Fairmount Park Conservancy.

Content Director, Main Line Parent & Philadelphia Family. Email me at pamela@familyfocus.org

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