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

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.

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FDR Park Weeding Warriors

December 18th at 10:00am
FDR Park

Time to tackle invasive vines at FDR Park! Help liberate the park's native trees rom the invasive vines that are taking over.

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Second Saturday in Wissahickon Valley Park

January 8th at 10:00am
Hermit's Woods

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.

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