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Relive the largest Love Your Park Fall Service Day, in 20 great photos

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Originally published on the My Philly Park Blog by Melissa Romero on November 13, 2018

 

The 8th annual Love Your Park Fall Service Day on Saturday, November 10 was the biggest showing of Philly’s love for parks yet – thousands of volunteers broke the record for most parks cleaned in one day: 107!

At Cobbs Creek Park, this year’s signature site, more than 60 volunteers from the surrounding community came out to clean and green the park, raking leaves, mulching trees, and planting bulbs – all to help prep the park for winter. All of the collected leaves will be composted at the Fairmount Park’s Organic Recycling Center and eventually made available for Philly residents for free!

“This is a really important day to close our parks down for the winter and it is a very long tradition we’ve been doing at Parks and Rec with our great friends at the Fairmount Park Conservancy,” said Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell.

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Conservancy host a citywide cleanup in all of Philly’s parks twice a year in partnership with the Philadelphia Park Friends Network, a group of volunteers who steward their neighborhood parks. This was the largest showing of participating parks in the history of Love Your Park, a testament to the dedication of the Park Friends Network, said Fairmount Park Conservancy’s Executive Director Jamie Gauthier.

“It’s through the efforts of community leaders like you in concert with our city leaders that spaces like these will be sustained for years to come,” said  Gauthier. “Every year we’re amazed to see how much we can accomplish when we all work together and pitch in to love our parks.”

At the end of the cleanup, Mayor Jim Kenney said, “It’s a beautiful day to be out here. I want to thank you for taking time out of your schedules to invest back into our communities and neighborhoods. You’re terrific people and it’s a great city and we have a great park system and we want to keep it that way.”

Relive the magic of the largest Love Your Park Fall Service Day to date in 20 #loveyourpark photos!



 

Thank you to this year’s Love Your Park Fall Service Day sponsors, whose support makes this event possible each year: The Knight Foundation, PECO, TDBank, Bank of America, and BLACKROCK.

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