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Updated 2/21/2007

Welcome to Clark Park!


Breaking News: Basketball Court rebuild by September (we hope)

The long-awaited rebuild of the Basketball Court, with a lot of new water-retention hardware underneath, is due to happen at some point in early August, and take about three weeks to accmplish. We'll have some more material on the court on our site when we can pull it together.

A preview of the new basketball court and storm water system is on the Clark Park planning pages. Also, you can watch the video of the April 18th meeting when Matt Grubel and Jonathan Snyder outlined the court reconstruction. (Note: This video ends after five minutes, and it should be longer. We will fix this.)

2007 Movie Schedule's Up!

June 23: She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, with John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar and Ben Johnson. Directed by John Ford.

July 14: Sherlock, Jr. and other short films with Buster Keaton

August 11: Mighty Joe Young, with Robert Armstrong, and effects by Willis O'Brien and Ray Harryhausen. Plus shorts, cartoons

Phenomenal Park Activity Continues

Thanks for coming out for the Party for the Park on May 10th... and for the Uhuru Solidarity Flea Markets... and for the Spruce Hill May Fair... and the Farmer's Markets... and...

Oh, and about the Farmer's Market... the Inquirer ran a nifty article on the impact these markets have been having in the city. Read the article here.

Philadelphia Orchestra Coming to Clark Park July 21

July 21, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. - Saturday evening

BIZET Suite No. 2 from Carmen
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio espagnol
BARBER “Hesitation-tango,” from Souvenirs
RAVEL Bolero

This concert is free and open to the public.

New Videos of April 18th Meeting (updated with Dickens Statue lecture)

Video of our April 18th meeting is now on Google Video. We've also added, as Part 2, the lecture by Linda Blythe on the Dickens Statue and sculptor F. Edwin Elwell.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Check out our Videos page as well.

Satterlee Commemorative Sign Restored

Fran Byers writes: "Another historical marker for Satterlee USA Hospital has been placed along Baltimore Ave. near the Gettysburg Stone.  It replaces the one that was stolen.  I think the Friends of Clark Park should give a great big "thank you" to Mike Hardy and the University City Historical Society, which paid for it, and the UCD, which installed it this week."

Gardening Committee Meeting March 1st

Gardening committee chair Erin Englestat writes: "I would like to schedule the first Garden Committee Meeting on Thursday, March 1 at 7pm in Rosenberger Hall. Also, if you or anyone you know would be interested in attending, get in touch with me at ."

Youth Soccer Spring Season begins March 24

Michael Jones has updated our Youth Soccer information for the Spring 2007 season.

Feb. 6th Park A Meeting on Google Video

This is getting to be a custom: the Park A meeting held on Feb 6th is now on Google Video, in eight parts. See the Park A Page for links.

PW Loves Us!

The Philadelphia Weekly gave us a cute shout-out on its Valentine's Day cover.

And we wuv you too, woogums.

Dickens Birthday Celebration in February

CHARLES DICKENS birthday party - Sunday, February 4 - 2 pm - USP Griffith Hall, 43rd and Kingsessing Mall.  Join the Friends of Clark Park in this annual tribute to the works of Charles Dickens with dramatic readings, music of the period, birthday refreshments and a lot of fun.  The program will focus on "A Tale of Two Cities" this year.  For questions, call 215-222-2255.   Plenty of time to enjoy this event before the Super Bowl begins.

Park A Community Workshop February 6th

Details are still be ironed out, but keep February 6th, at 7:30 p.m. free for a community meeting regarding the Park A project. USP Campus, 43rd and Kingsessing, Griffith Hall, Room C. Jan. 18th Meeting Part 1 Available: Party for the Park Planning

We've made a videotape of the first part of our Jan. 18th meeting available on the web. Here, Mark Byerly, the party planner for the annual Party for the Park fundraiser, oulines his plans and hopes for the event. Click on the image below, or on this link for the Google Video page.


Park 'A' Website Materials Updated

We've made some changes on our Park 'A' Redesign Page to include the latest news and materials.

Park 'A' Tree Walk Set for January 20

In response to community concerns regarding the Park 'A' Project, the Friends of Clark Park will present a "tree walk" through Park 'A' to explain our strategies and proposals for the area.

The tree walk will be hosted by Chris Leswing and Matt Grubel, respectively chairs of our Tree and Planning Committees. Gather at the Park 'A' central Plaza at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 20th.

Video of January Meeting now on Google Video

As a kind of experiment, FoCP Secretary Brian Siano videotaped the January membership meeting. (He wanted to save time in getting the meeting's minutes out to the public, and online video offers swift turnaround time and wide distribution.) Clicking on the image below, or on this direct link, will display a nearly-hour-long video of the second part of the meeting, regarding the Park A reconstruction.

General Membership Meeting January 17th

(Post-Meeting Addendum: We'll be presenting materials from the January 17th meeting on our website later on, specifically information about the Park 'A' project and the Party for the Park. We hope to have a video of the meeting available through Google Video as well.)

There will be an FoCP General Membership Meeting at USP on Wednesday, January 17th. The meeting will begin at 7:30, and it will be held at USP, Griffith Hall, Room C. We'll be discussing the Park A reconstruction project, among other things.

In the meantime, we've placed a copy of the Morris Arboretum 2001 Tree Census on our website, available here. Chris Leswing's also provided a PDF of the current tree inventory/fabulously designed Tree Map Sign downloadable here. (NOTE: We're limited on server space, so we've had to remove a few years' worth of newsletters from our site to make room for these.)

Tree Planting Video on Youtube

On December 2, sixty volunteers showed up in Clark Park to plant thirteen trees-- completing an initiative to establish a better canopy for the Bowl in the future. FoCP secretary Brian Siano now uses his authority as Webmaster to link to YouTube, where you can watch the video he shot that day.


Christmas Caroling on Dec. 10th

The Friends of Clark Park invite you to raise your voices in song this Sunday, Dec. 10, at 5 pm at the community Christmas tree near 45th and Chester, right after night falls. Refreshments follow. Help celebrate the season with this traditional event. All are invited.

Meeting on North Park Reconstruction

Addendum: maps of Simone-Collins proposed paths are available for download on the Park A Redesign page.

Peter Simone of Simone-Collins presented an outline of the proposed reconstruction plan for the North Park at an FoCP-sponsored community meeting on November 18th. The current proposal includes plans for reconstructed pathways to handle drainage, removal and replacement of more than thirty trees, a redesign of the central plaza and Gettysburg Stone area, and an extensive upgrade of the electrical and lighting systems.

We've established a new page (Park A Redesign, see sidebar) to post information about this project.

Second Tree Sign Installed in North Park

Coffee in hand, local sculptor stands beside the second Tree Information Sign installed in the Park. When this photo was taken the sign had not yet been painted... so now you have an incentive to come to the park and behold it in its full glory.

FoCP Bylaws now on website.

In the menu at left, you can download our new Bylaws (ratified Oct. 18th).

General Membership Meeting October 18

The Friends of Clark Park elected a new set of Board members and Officers at its General Membership Meeting on October 18th.

Several of our new Board (from back):
Melanie Bartlett, Brad Zinn, Erin Engelstad, Christine Ethier, Brian Siano, Stephen Fisher, Fran Byers, Tony West, Frank Chance, Boll Moriarty, Chris Leswing, Jonathan Snyder

Friends of Clark Park Online Bulletin Board

Marianne Das has been maintaining a bulletin board for the park over at Blogspot. Browse to for more!

Cool Stuff!

Give a piece of Clark Park to someone you love. Now available: T-shirts (with our vintage 1970s design), "Little Nell" coffee mugs, Civil War Satterlee Hospital prints & "Clark Park Summer Morning" prints by Max Mason.





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