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    2nd Annual Love Your Park Week Returns to Philly

    Love Your Park Week 2013 in PhiladelphiaWho loovveeesss your Philly parks? We’re in the midst of the 2nd annual Love Your Park Week, designed by the Fairmount Park Conservancy & Philadelphia Parks & Rec to celebrate our city’s diverse parks.

    From May 11 – 18, Philadelphia hosts service projects, events, education programs, family activities & more. Festivities kicked off on Saturday with the Love Your Park Service Day, where hundreds of residents volunteered in their neighborhoods. With over 70 events, there’s something for music lovers, art lovers, nature lovers , yogis and more. (I personally love a good ol’ glass of wine & several plates of cheese in front of me in Philly parks, which I plan on doing again sooon enough…)

    It’s so approp we celebrate parks the week after Philadelphia was named the America’s Garden Capital last week. As Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources Michael DiBerardinis said,

    “LOVE Your Park Week also provides a snapshot of the many high quality programming possibilities at our parks.”

    How can you Clean, Green & Celebrate Philly Parks?

    Highlights of this Love Your Park Week events include:

    Tuesday, May 14th:

    • 12 – 1:30 PM: Music in the Park, John F. Collins Park (1707 Chestnut St., 19103). Repeats Thursday, May 16th.
    • 4-6 PM: Art in the Park, FDR Park (S. Broad and Pattison Ave., 19145)
    • 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Show & Tell: Unusual but Easy-to-Grow Shade Perennials, Ned Wolf Park  (McCallum St. & W. Ellet St., 19119)

    Wednesday, May 15th:

    • 4-6 PM: Art in the Park, Vernon Park (5800 Germantown Ave., 191444)
    • 6-8 PM: Valley Talks: Birds of the Wissahickon with Ruth Pfeffer, Valley Green Inn (W. Valley Green Rd. at Forbidden Drive, 19128)

    Thursday, May 16th:

    • 3-6 PM: The Porch Beer Garden, The Porch at 30th St. Station (2955 Market Street, 19104) Repeats Friday, May 17th from 3-8 PM.
    • 4-6 PM: Art in the Park, Campbell Square (Belgrade St. & Allegheny Ave., 19134)
    • 5:30 PM: An Evening in Franklin Square, Franklin Square Park (200 N. 6th St., 19106)

     Friday, May 17th:

    • 8 AM-3 PM: Stotesbury Cup Regatta, Schuylkill River Trail (2200 Kelly Drive, 19129)  Repeats Saturday, May 18th.
    • 10 AM: City in Bloom, JFK Plaza and Logan Square (1501 Market St., 19107)
    • 3-7 PM: Farmers’ Market at Julian Abele Park, Julian Abele Park (S 22nd St & Montrose St., 19146)
    • 6-8 PM: Picnic in the Park at Cedar Park, Cedar Park (4900 Baltimore Ave., 19143)
    • 8-10 PM: Lunar Stroll: Photographing Laurel Hill After Hours, Laurel Hill Cemetery (3822 Ridge Ave., 19132)

    Saturday, May 18th: 

    • 8-11 AM: Birding Walk with Ruth PfefferWissahickon Park (Bell’s Mill Rd. and Forbidden Dr., 19118)
    • 9 AM-1 PM: Birdwalk at Cobbs Creek Followed by Cleanup, Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center (700 Cobbs Creek Pkwy., 19143)
    • 10 AM-1 PM: Yoga in the Park, Mifflin Square (6th & Ritner St., 19148)
    • 10 AM – 1:30 PM: Planting Your Summer Garden Workshop, Hunting Park (W. Cayuga St. & Hunting Park, 19140)
    • 12–5 PM: Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, Rittenhouse Square (1800 Walnut St., 19103)
    • 4–9 PM: Clark Park Party in the Park, Clark Park (4300 Chester Ave., 19104)

    Check the Love Your Park events page for a complete listing.

    Readers, are you participating in the week? What’s your favorite way to celebrate Philly parks?

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    Julie Hancher

    About Julie Hancher

    Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake.

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