May 14th is History Day during Love Your Park at Home
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.
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
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
Second Saturday in Fairmount Park
December 11th at 10:00am
Mt Pleasant, Fairmount Park
Help preserve the forests of Fairmount Park! Join Parks & Rec and Audubon for a restoration project to plant trees and remove invasive vines in the woods around Mt Pleasant Meadow.Learn More
FDR Park Weeding Warriors
December 18th at 10:00am
Time to tackle invasive vines at FDR Park! Help liberate the park's native trees rom the invasive vines that are taking over.Learn More
Second Saturday in Wissahickon Valley Park
January 8th at 10:00am
Help preserve the forests of the Wissahickon! Join Parks & Rec for a restoration project to remove invasive vines and bamboo in the woods near Hermit's Cave.Learn More