Resources for Park Friends Groups


The resources shared here are for park friends groups actively registered with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. This is your one-stop-shop for all the resources and information you need to be an active and successful member of the Park Friends Network! As always, if you have questions or need help, please contact your stewardship coordinator at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, or reach out to us at or call (215) 683-3640.​​​

Love Your Park Fall Service Day

Park registration is now open!

We invite our registered Park Friends groups to participate in the Love Your Park Fall Service Day on Saturday, November 14th. Registration is now officially open for you to submit your events to our favorite day of the season!
The deadline to register is September 30, 2020.

General ResourcesPark Friends Network Toolkit
Want to learn the basics of how to make the most of your Philadelphia Park Friends Group? All you need to know is in our toolkit! 

2020 Park Friends Network Calendar
Explore and attend all the events we have planned for our network members in 2020, including Park Friends Network meeting dates and Love Your Park.

Park Friends Network Facebook Group
Keep up with your fellow park friends, post a question, or share resources!

To Do List

Submit a Monthly Activity Report
Your time as volunteers is valuable! Make sure you make the most of it by recording here each time you have an event, meeting, or activity. 


Event and Permit Information

Guide to Community Events 
This quick guide will help you get strated planning a fun event for community event in your park.

Friends & Community Group Event Permit: Guidelines 
Registered park friends groups are eligible for subsidized event permits through Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. Learn how to apply for one with these helpful guidelines.

Friends & Community Group Event Permit: Application 
Download the permit application here.

Registered Park Friends Group Event Insurance Application 
Registered park friends groups are eligible for free event insurance through the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Stewardship office.

Permit questions?Contact your stewardship coordinator, or contact the Stewardship permit office at

Service Day Information

Guide to Service Days 
Have fun in the park with volunteers and get some work done! Check out this short guide to hosting a service day or volutneer event in your park.

Volunteer Sign in Sheet
This volunteer sign-in sheet will help you collect your volunteers' contact information and includes an important waiver that protects your group. Keep track of your volunteers and bring them back next time! Volunteer Waiver Form
This is the text-only volunteer waiver form.

Love Your Park on GivePulseJoin the Love Your Park GivePulse group and stay up-to-date on volunteer events your fellow Park Friends groups are hosting.

GivePulse 101 How To & Fact Sheet
This helpful guide will be your best friend as you learn how to use GivePulse, the volunteer management tool we use to keep track of events and volunteers.

Submit Your Volunteer Event to the LYP Website 
Use this form to share your cleanups and volutneer events with us, and we'll post them on the Love Your Park website (year-round!) to help you recruit new volunteers.

Meeting Resources Guide to Public Meetings
Make your park group meetings accessible and open to all! Check out this short guide for some easy ideas.

Meeting Sign-In Sheet
Keep track of your meeting attendees with this handy sign in sheet.

Park Maintenance Resources

Mulching Trees
This handy guide to properly mulching landscape trees (trees in a grassy, open park area rather than a wooded area) will help you understand why mulching trees is necessary and how to do it correctly.