Love Your Park
Love Your Park is a citywide celebration of Philadelphia's parks!
While we love our parks every day of the year, we organize special citywide events twice a year to bring some extra love, resources, and attention to Philly's public green spaces. On the second Saturday of May and November, we work with our network of community-run park friends groups to host volunteer events and special celebrations in over 100 neighborhood parks across Philadelphia. Love Your Park events bring friends, neighbors, and newcomers together to clean, green, and celebrate Philly's parks!
Love Your Park Week
Love Your Park Week is a nine-day celebration of Philadelphia's public parks starting the second Saturday of May. We organize a signature site event in collaboration with a neighborhood park to kick off the festivities, which is followed by volunteer workdays in over 100 parks across the city, plus dozens of fun, free events that invite Philadelphians to get outside and explore the bounty of of our city's park system. There's something for everyone during LYP Week - from guided hikes to local cleanups to community festivals.
Fall Service Day
Love Your Park Fall Service Day is a citywide volunteer event on the second Saturday of November. Over 100 parks across Philadelphia host volunteer events to clean up our parks after a busy summer season and prepare these public green spaces for winter - and the following spring! Volunteers plant and care for trees, rake leaves, plant flower bulbs, clean out garden beds, and more. The 2020 Love Your Park Fall Service Day will be on Saturday, November 14. Volunteer registration will open on October 14.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who organizes Love Your Park events?
Love Your Park events are organized by members of the Park Friends Network. Park friends groups organize volunteer workdays and fun events in their neighborhood parks, while Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation organize the overall Love Your Park program and provide resources and support to participants.
Can my local park participate?
Members of Philadelphia's Park Friends Network are invited to participate in Love Your Park each spring and fall. The Love Your Park program is designed to support unstaffed neighborhood parks, community gardens, and watershed parks in the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation system.
How do I sign up to volunteer?
Volunteer registration for Love Your Park Week and the Fall Service Day opens one month before each event. We recommend signing up for our newsletter to get the announcement when registration opens! Once registration opens, volunteers can find an event based on location or project type, then sign up to participate as individuals, families, or a group.
Can I sign up with a group?
Groups are absolutely welcome to participate in Love Your Park Week and Fall Service Day events! Please note that most events are organized by neighborhood volunteers who may not be able to accommodate groups larger than 40-50. We encourage group leaders to create an account on our volunteer portal to help facilitate the registration process. For customized group events outside of Love Your Park Week and the Fall Service Day, please check out our group volunteer events page.
"Just spending a day helping to clean the park for the community is just amazing."
-Frangel, Norris Square Park volunteer