We did it again! On June 24 and 25, we kicked off the Summer with our 3rd Annual “Celebrate Your Park! Discover Your Creek!” Block Party series in Tacony Creek Park!

IMG_2417Every year, we celebrate Tacony Creek Park and its treasures by welcoming neighbors to join us at the park gateways for fun, educational activities. For two days, we celebrated at Whitaker and Loudon, followed by Bingham Street and Roosevelt Boulevard. It was positive to see many, but we also to make over 100 new friends at Bingham Street, as we celebrated that gateway for the very first time!


At the block parties, we distributed brand new park maps that highlight the location of each gateway entrance. Participants enjoyed free bird walks and bike rides, and learned about our watershed with fun activities including our enviroscape and Water Wheel Game. We also gave out free pretzels, water ice and Peanut Chews!

View more block party photos here.



A heartfelt thank you to all our partners and participating organizations who contributed their time and knowledge:

Keith and Rhyan from the Pennsylvania Audubon Society

Dottie Baumgarten from Sustainable Choices

Tom and Jonathan from Rails to Trails Conservancy, for providing free bike repairs and park tours

Sydney and Michelle from SWEEP – Philadelphia Streets Department, for handing out free recycling bins

Jaileen and Angela from Rita’s Water Ice

Mike and Mary from Clean Water Action

Cheryl from The Hope Zone

Elizabeth from Public Health Management Corporation

Gracie– the Juniata Spokesdog

the Philadelphia Mounted Police

…and “Curby Bucket”!

A special thanks to Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews©, for donating these delicious treats for all to enjoy, and to our volunteers from the World Mission Society Church of God, for canvassing almost 1000 homes around Whitaker Avenue announcing our block party and helping beautify our park by collecting trash and debris.


We also want to thank all our sponsors that helped support and promote this event:

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Philadelphia Water Department

The Dow Chemical Company, The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

The Wagner Free Institute of Science

Fairmount Park Conservancy

Bicycle Coalition

The Frankford Gazette

The Juniata Action Committee

The Juniata News

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful

Simple Cycle

Lindy Communities

and Latinas in Motion.

Last but not least, to all our friends and neighbors, thank you for celebrating with us! Your support and feedback means a lot to us, and we hope you continue to help us improve Tacony Creek Park!



We look forward to seeing you at our next event in Tacony Creek Park! Here’s our Calendar. Don’t hesitate to contact Doryán at  or Robin at  or call us at 215.744.1853.

About Doryán De Angel

Doryán De Angel, Community Watershed Leader (Philadelphia): Doryán works with Robin on the Philadelphia watershed team to engage and educate residents about watershed and stormwater issues. A resident of Cheltenham, Doryan started with TTF as an outstanding hands-on volunteer. She is fluent in Spanish and has a Bachelors in Environmental Science from the University of Puerto Rico. She was a student collaborator on the San Juan Bay Estuary Project. Contact Doryán at 215.744.1853 or doryan@ttfwatershed.org


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