May 12th, 2020

Arts Day: Love Your Park at Home May 12th Schedule

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Tuesday, May 12th is Arts Day during Love Your Park @ Home! Here are all of the fun and free things you can learn, share, and do to celebrate the arts in Philly parks. 

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LEARN: about Public Art in the Park

Register for free

Join the Association for Public Art (aPA) for a lunchtime virtual "walking" tour of a selection of outdoor sculptures found around the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park. Rain or shine, aPA staff will share fascinating stories and answer questions about these hidden public art gems and park favorites.

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Nature has a special way of inspiring photography, paintings, poetry, and prose. Have you ever written a haiku? Get inspired by going for a walk in your local park or in your own backyard!

Here's how to write a traditional, 3-line haiku: 

1. First line: 5 syllables

2. Second line: 7 syllables

3. Third line: 5 syllables

Be sure to share your haiku on social media and tag #loveyourpark!

DO: Create art of your park

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Create a natural scene or special message on the sidewalk in front of your home or in your local park using sidewalk chalk or the bits and pieces of nature you can find, like twigs, rocks, and leaves! You can also draw or paint a picture of your local park!

BONUS: Color these free botanical coloring pages!

The Fairmount Park Horticulture Center opened in 1979 and is home to a lovely greenhouse filled with a variety of tropical plants.  Feel free to download these free botanical coloring pages, featuring select tropical plants that you will find in the greenhouse!

Upcoming Love Your Park @ Home events

Tacony Creek Park Master Plan Public Meeting

June 7th at 5:00pm

Open House: 5 pm Presentation and Q & A: 6pm to 7pm Refreshments & Kids Corner Learn about the new Master Plan for Tacony Creek Park by viewing park maps and a presentation of the plan. TTF has worked with consultant Natural Lands to develop a plan centered on community input and equity, with the goal of encouraging park use and strengthening connections with communities. Learn more about People of the Park and Explorer Kits, two special projects implemented as part of the Master Plan process. The plan was developed with the help of an Advisory Committee, and widely shared surveys and focus groups. Many of you, your families, schools, and organizations shared your concerns and idea for the park. You told us your priorities — park improvements, operations, or programs. Your participation is the foundation for a new vision for Tacony Creek Park. This is an opportunity for the community to imagine and shape what we want to see for the future of Tacony Creek Park! Share the word and bring along your neighbors and stakeholders.

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Cobbs Creek Park Cleanup!

June 10th at 9:00am
Cobbs Creek Pkwy & Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Please join Kevin and the Cobbs Creek Cleanup team to remove litter, cut back invasive vines, and more! To register or to get information contact Kevin at or call 215-425-3874

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Second Saturday at Wissahickon Valley Park

June 10th at 10:00am
Wissahickon Valley Park

Help preserve the forest restoration site in Andorra meadows! Join Phila Parks and Rec for a volunteer project to remove invasive shrubs and vines and protect young plantings so they can become our future forest! Please note that the there is parking at the Andorra Upper Lot. The project location will be a 10 min walk down the trail from the lot. The trail will be marked with signage.

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