Tree Tenders, Fall 2016
Susan Kahn is the new leader of FSRP Tree Tenders. She and her husband returned to Center City six years ago after a hiatus in the suburbs She got involved in Tree Tenders after arranging to have trees planted on her block, the 1600 block of Spruce. Since then she has enjoyed learning more about urban trees and meeting like-minded people.
Susan took over for Carolyn Duffy, who moved to South Philadelphia. We would like to thank Carolyn for her service. We owe a debt of gratitude to Carolyn for her leadership and caring over the many years she served as Tree Tender leader. Our group is a devoted and strong one and our neighborhood is greener and healthier thanks to Carolyn. We will sorely miss her but hope to see her at some of our events this fall.
We have several events scheduled this fall including four pruning club events. We are partnering with South of South Street Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) and hope to hold three of these events (but have scheduled four so that we have a rain date.) The dates are: Tuesday, September 20 (evening), Saturday, Oct. 1 and 22 (mornings) and Tuesday, Oct. 25 (evening). Let Susan know if you have interest in participating and she will let you know the particulars.
Please save the date for fall planting on Saturday, November 19. We will have 11 trees to plant in our neighborhood, including 6 near the O'Connor pool and Markward tennis courts, so we'll need lots of volunteers. Let Susan know if you can join us.
Fall Festival 2016
O’Connor Pool selected for Swim Philly! Program for 2016 Season
The O’Connor Pool, located at 26th& South Streets, has been selected by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to be part of their new Swim Philly! Program for the 2016 season.
In 2015, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation activated Francisville Pool with increased amenities, fun programming and special events for all ages, engaging and exciting the neighborhood and city around these public spaces. This summer, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is bringing Swim Philly to more neighborhood pools, including O’Connor Pool.
Some of the planned upgrades as part of the Swim Philly! Program at O’Connor Pool will include:
O’Connor Pool, part of the Markward Playground, is being upgraded thanks to the generous financial support of Markward Advisory Council, Friends of Schuylkill River Park and the City of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department. Many other local organizations and neighbors lent their support to the project, including South x Schuylkill, South of South Neighborhood Association, Center City Resident’s Association, and South Street West Business Association, among others.
Information about O’Connor Pool operating hours and programming options can be found at www.markwardplayground.com or on the Markward Rec Facebook page or by calling 215-685-6593.
Readers' Choice Award from Philly.com
Schuylkill River Park has been selected as a winner! Over 60,000 general public votes participated in the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards and our Dog Park was selected as the favorite by the readers of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com. Thanks to all of you who voted for us!
Bow Wow Treats is coming to Schuylkill River Park
Bow Wow Treats are Homemade Jerky Treats for Dogs. Our Treats are made with Love from Locally sourced Organic Chicken and Grass-Fed Beef. Bow Wow treats originated in the mountains of Vermont. Created by dog lover and natural foods enthusiast, Nicole Del Collo. It was her personal mission to create the highest quality products to feed her own three dogs, and in realizing their love for the product, decided to start producing that same quality of food for other dog owners. Having experienced the magic of doggy ice cream at a local burger joint, she started her own recipe made out of organic dairy products. It was a big hit with the pooches and an inevitable addition to the Bow Wow Treats menu. With a desire to create a fun, fast, and convenient way to deliver the treats...THE TREAT TRIKE was born! A portable trike that delivered all of Bow Wow's Products to local dog parks and farmers markets.
Because we all know there is no greater love than the love of an animal, and it is our mission to give back to animals in need. Bow Wow Treats has pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds to local shelters in hopes that our recipe can change the lives of many animals.
Bow Wow Treats approached Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) in the fall of 2015 about piloting a dog treat vending service program in select PPR dog parks. After receiving the proper licenses and insurance, PPR issued a permit to Bow Treats to vend near several dog parks in 2016. PPR will evaluate the 2016 pilot program for future dog treat vending services in 2017 and beyond. Vendors interested in providing services in Philadelphia parks and recreation spaces can contact PPR’s concession manager (see contact information below). Thank you.Marc Wilken Park Concessions Manager Philadelphia Parks & Recreation One Parkway, 10th Floor 1515 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 P: 215-683-0232 F: 215-683-0205 email@example.com www.phila.gov/parksandrecreation
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Markward at Schuylkill River Park Press Announcement
Please join Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, State Representative Brian Sims, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell and officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for a press conference where they will announce approximately $1,000,000.00 in rehabilitation and development funding for Markward at Schuylkill River Park.
Where: Markward at Schuylkill River Park- 400 S Taney Street
When: Thursday, April 14, 2016 at @2:00pm
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Spring Street Tree Planting
Celebrate Earth Day by planting a tree! The Friends of Schuylkill River Park Tree Tenders needs volunteers to plant street trees on Saturday, April 23. Help make Center City greener and healthier. We have 12 trees to plant this Spring and we need your help.
Please mark your calenders and let me know if you can make the planting.
Date: Saturday, April 23
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The Best Parks in Philadelphia
An acticle from The Culture TripClick here
Letter from the FSRP President
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Fall Festival 2015
We would like to say a special thank you to the businesses and individuals who so generously donated gifts to the Festival. The funds we raised at the Festival, thanks to your community spirit, help to stretch our member dollars to include some great park improvements.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Fall Tree Planting
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Bring your Naked Christmas Trees - no tinsel, no ornaments - to Taney and Pine Streets. Minimum donation is $5.00. Funds raised go to support The Friends of Schuylkill River Park.
oneriver.us is a website prepared by neighbors concerned about the size and density of the proposed One Riverside tower.
A 21 story residential apartment tower with more than 160 residential units and a 1 story parking garage with 86 parking spaces is proposed for the parking lot between Schuylkill River Park's community gardens and the Locust Street grade crossing to Schuylkill Banks Park. The Board of FSRP cannot endorse a development of this size without better understanding the project's attributes and its impact on the Park-especially the Community Gardens.
A number of concerns have been raised about the development including, but not limited to:
If you share in our concerns, or have your own, please do not hesitate to attend the Center City Resident's Association August 13 meeting at the Lutheran Church at 2110 Chestnut Street at 7 pm to hear more about the Development Plan.
The FSRP board is made up of volunteers who, like you, have jobs, families, and other responsibilities. We are avid users of the park and are committed to this wonderful green park space that enriches our neighborhood.
We are looking for like-minded volunteers, either in a formal capacity as Board Members of FSRP, or as volunteers interested in helping out. We welcome your help in the following areas:
Please contact us at email@example.com if you want to find out more about how you can pitch in and help the park.
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Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and his wife Dawn Chavous invite you to attend Doggie Ball 2013, a fund raiser for PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society).
10am - 12pm
Schuylkill River Park Dog Run and Adjacent Areas
The Schuylkill River Park Dog Runs will be dedicated to Doggie Ball 2013 from 9am - 12pm on Saturday, May 18th. The actual event runs from 10am - 12pm and all are invited to enter for a donation of $20 to PAWS during this time period. Come greet the councilman and his wife who are providing:
You can RSVP by May 15th by calling 215-686-3412. For more information or questions, contact 215-686-3412.
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Seventh Annual Runnin' on the River on Schuylkill Banks. 8:30 am for 1K Fun Run for Kids under 10 and 9:00 am for Runnin' on the River 5K.
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The connector bridge dedication and opening will take place on October 20, 2012 at 1pm in conjuction with the FSRP Fall Festival.
Pottery, clay handbuilding, and sewing classes will take place on weekday evenings starting at 6:30pm.
For more information call 215-685-6649 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us at 11 am to celebrate the young painters and clay artists who participated in the fall 2010 arts program.
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The BoConcept Arts Program is an arts education collaboration between the Friends of Schuylkill River Park and Markward Playground with generous funding and initiative provided by BoConcept Philadelphia. For more information or to enroll your child please contact Markward Playground at 215.685.6649.
Jt Christensen was nominated for our Volunteer of the Year Award
Jt has come to every cleanup. He can be found working in the park many evenings. He digs and plants and waters and prunes. He sweeps and paints. His foremost skill is taking pictures, which he does, not only for all our events, but also for events on the Schuylkill Banks and in Fitler Square. This fall, at our Festival, Jt further distinguished himself by manning the cotton candy machine and the popcorn machine simultaneously.
The first Saturday of October, Schuylkill neighbors hold a ceremony to rededicate the memorial to veterans from the neighborhood. This year, there was a special tribute to Harry Campbell, who, until his death this year, watered and cared for the roses and other plants arount the memorial. Harry will be greatly missed in the neighborhood and we will do our best to keep up the memorial in his honor.
This event benefits the Schuylkill River Park Alliance's work on Completing the Schuylkill River Trail.
On August 13th Krista and Rich Pinola hosted an event to celebrate improvements to the 25th and Delancey Park Entrance. In attendance were many neighbors, the City's Managing Director, Councilman Green, Representative Josephs, Senator Farnese's Chief of Staff, and Fairmount Park Executive Director Mark Focht. Friends of Schuylkill River Park President Peg Connor presented a plaque to Krista and Rich that will be installed at the entrance as a permanent thank you. Additionally, Peg presented a gift to Jim, the craftsman and horticulturist who performed the work that made these improvements possible. Mark Focht and Councilman Green spoke, offering their appreciation to Krista and Rich and mentioning the importance of "public private" partnerships in building and maintaining great parks in Philadelphia. As a board, the FSRP would like to express our deep appreciation to Krista and Rich for the gift of a new entrance, which has made an outstanding improvement to our park.
The Friends of Schuylkill River Park would like to thank State Senator Larry Farnese for facilitating a $20,000 grant to support re-grading Taney Field and installing a heavy duty drinking fountain outside of the tennis courts. The field work will take place either in fall 2009 or at the end of the 2010 season. Our contractor will bring in 200 cubic yards of topsoil to even the field and fill in holes. Then, the field will be completely Hydroseeded – a method in which seed is mixed with shredded paper. This helps to keep the seed moist and ensure better germination. The ADA accessible drinking fountain has been ordered from our vendor and should be installed by the end of the summer, providing a much needed water source for tennis players, playground users, and basketball players.
The major entrance improvements at 25th and Delancey are almost complete. This project was initiated by the Friends of Schuylkill River Park and funded by a very generous donation from a neighborhood household. The Belgium block and iron fence are complete. Barberry, dwarf forsythia, and hosta will be installed by mid-July. Other plantings will follow throughout the summer until the entrance’s grand opening in early August.