May 14th, 2020

May 14th is History Day during Love Your Park at Home

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Thursday, May 14th is History Day during Love Your Park @ Home! Here are all the things you can learn, share, and do to celebrate history in Philly parks.

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LEARN: About 6 Historic Houses in 6 minutes

Join John Sigmund, Fairmount Park Conservancy Historic House Coordinator, and Justina Barrett, Philadelphia Museum of Art Site Manager, in a whirlwind bicycle tour of six historic properties situated in beautiful Fairmount Park. In just one minute per house, learn unique facts about these historic homes!

SHARE: Your own historic photos of your Philly park

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Woodford Mansion, 1900.

Share your favorite photos of Philadelphia park history! This can be historic photos of your neighborhood park, or a more recent photo of a fun day spent in your favorite secret park spot. #loveyourpark

DO: Enjoy a virtual Park History Happy Hour at 5pm

Grab a beer (or a stein of ye olde meade) and join John John Sigmund, Fairmount Park Historic House Coordinator, and other park historians as they kick back, relax, and spin some of their favorite Philadelphia park tales.

BONUS: You're invited to a special webinar "Making history: The power of parks during COVID-19"

How will the COVID-19 pandemic shape the future of our urban parks?

On Thursday, May 14 from 12-1pm, join us for a conversation about resilience and the future of civic spaces with three leading park advocates:

Carol Coletta, President and CEO, Memphis River Parks
Maura McCarthy, Executive Director, Fairmount Park Conservancy, Host
Kathryn Ott Lovell, Commissioner, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

BONUS: Enjoy these free coloring pages of the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park!

Bring some color to these beautiful black-and-white sketches of the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park! These coloring pages are available to download for free – you can even draw your own Historic House! Share your creations by tagging us on social media at #loveyourpark. 

Upcoming Love Your Park @ Home Events

Cleanup Kit Giveaway at Mt. Pleasant Mansion

August 6th at 5:00pm
3800 Mt. Pleasant Drive

Stop by our park hub at Mt. Pleasant Mansion to pick up a Solo Cleanup Kit! Cleanup kits are free to volunteers and include trash bags, gloves, a bandanna, and trash grabbers (while supplies last). Use your kit to clean up trash and littler while enjoying Philly's parks this summer as part of our Love Your Park Solo campaign. NOTE: Please stay home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Also, please wear a mask and maintain six feet of distance from others when you stop by.

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Volunteer Cleanup in Tacony Creek Park

August 6th at 5:30pm
Tacony Creek Park

Help keep Philly's parks and waterways free of litter! Join us for this small, socially distant & family friendly cleanup in Tacony Creek Park

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Second Saturday in East Fairmount Park

August 8th at 10:00am

Show some love for Fairmount Park's Boxers Trail! Join us for a restoration project to remove invasive vines from the trail and forest.

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