in 1895, Clark Park
is in the heart of Philadelphia's University City neighborhood.
With more than 300 trees, the park covers nine acres. The park's
boundaries are Baltimore Avenue, Woodland Avenue, 43rd Street and
45th Street. In addition to private residences, the park's neighbors
include the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, the HMS School
for children with Cerebral Palsy and a City of Philadelphia District
Since 1901, Clark
Park has been home to a life-size bronze statue of author Charles
Dickens and one on his most beloved characters, Little Nell of The
Old Curiosity Shop. This
unique sculpture is the focal point of a literary celebration each
February honoring Dickens' birthday.
Also within Clark Park is the Gettysburg Stone, a monolith from the
historic Civil War battlefield that was placed in the park in 1916
to commemorate 60,000 Union soldiers treated at Satterlee Hospital.
Once the nation's largest Army hospital, Satterlee Hospital sprawled
over the park's northern boundary some three decades before financier
Clarence H. Clark donated grounds from his estate for a public park
in West Philadelphia.
Clark Park is home to the world's only life-size
bronze statue of author Charles Dickens and Little Nell.