Twice each year, Philadelphia comes together for LOVE Your Park (LYP) Week — a citywide celebration of Philadelphia’s diverse parks featuring a week of service projects, fun events, educational programs, family activities, tours, and more – at over 100 parks throughout Philadelphia. This special celebration is sponsored by the Fairmount Park Conservancy (FPC) and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR).
With a mission to improve the health and vitality of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Creek and our watershed by engaging our communities, we are all over LYP Week! In fact, TTF has brought our watershed citizens together to love their parks for many years. Because we have a special focus on improvement and engagement in Tacony Creek Park, that’s where we hosted this year’s Love Your Park tree planting, cleanup and block party.
The FPC generously donated 37 trees to make Tacony Creek Park even more beautiful! The day before the event, PPR staff and two enthusiastic PowerCorps PHL crews prepped the area for planting. This team did everything from digging holes for the 37 trees to transporting them to their final planting locations. The crew worked together to learn and master the tree planting process.
All that prep work made for a smooth day for all 50 volunteers! They quickly planted the trees and then moved on to cleaning up the park. We also hosted organizations with watershed and community information and resources including the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center (FWWIC), Philadelphia Streets Department, Juniata Action Committee and Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee. This gave volunteers and passersby an opportunity to learn more about Tacony Creek Park, our environment, and the neighborhood.
See more LYP Day pictures here.
We’d like to thank our hard-working volunteers and partners for helping make our fall LOVE Your Park Day a huge success! We look forward to watching the trees grow and bloom in the spring. To learn more about our work in Tacony Creek Park and to find out how you can be involved, contact Alix at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you’ll keep in touch and join us for Love Your Park: Spring Edition on May 10, 2014!