May 15th, 2020

May 15th is Play Day for Love Your Park at Home!

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Friday, May 15th is Play Day during Love Your Park @ Home! Here are all the things you can learn, share, and do to celebrate play in Philly parks!

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LEARN: Why play is important

Never Too Old to Play: Rethinking American Playgrounds | Meghan Talarowski | TEDxPhiladelphia

Remember the playgrounds of your childhood? The giant swings and warp speed merry go rounds? But look around today and find a sea of rubber and plastic "bubble wrapped" play. Find out how American playgrounds can "spark joy" again, for all ages. Meghan Talarowski is the founder and director of Studio Ludo, a non-profit dedicated to building better play through research, design, and advocacy. She has degrees in architecture and landscape architecture, over 15 years of experience in the design field, and is a certified playground safety inspector. Her research focuses on how the design of play environments impacts physical health and social behavior, and has been presented at conferences worldwide. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. 

 

SHARE: Your park-themed playlist!

Share a link to your playlist listing your top park themed songs! What songs make you think about the park? What songs do you associate to the park? Let us know how you groove in your park! If you need some inspiration check out our playlist above!

DO: Join a virtual nature scavenger hunt at 3:00pm

Tag along this fun and fascinating Nature Scavenger Hunt in beautiful Pleasant Hill Park along the Delaware River with our friends at Philadelphia Parks and Recreation at 3:00pm. 

BONUS: Play "I Spy" during Love Your Park @ Home!

Look outside and learn about the plants and animals in your park or back yard by playing I Spy!

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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