Philadelphia Cares About Fairmount Park Day

Posted by on May 7, 2004

Philadelphia Cares about Fairmount Park is Saturday, May 15th!!!

Philadelphia Cares About Fairmount Park Day is a collaborative effort of Philadelphia Cares and the Fairmount Park Commission, happening on Saturday, May 15, 2004 from 9:00am until noon. Join thousands of volunteers from across the Greater Philadelphia region, as they roll up their sleeves to repair trails, remove invasive vegetation, plant, paint, and clean up the city’s largest playground, Fairmount Park.

The following project sites still need your help:

Kay Park is a small park in Germantown that needs some TLC. A few volunteers could make a big difference!

Fernhill Park is a 52 acre park located in southwest Germantown. It has great athletic facilities including tennis and basketball courts, softball fields, horse shoe pits, and play equipment. It has a wonderful arboretum which is home to several state championship Horse Chestnut trees.

Wingohocking Park is located in Logan. It’s part of the City’s “I Love Logan” program. This neighborhood park is heavily used by families whose kids enjoy the great play equipment.

Hunting Park is a favorite destination for horse racers in the early 19th century, and was later considered one of the most complete recreational facilities in the entire park system with indoor recreation facilities, carousel pavilion, playgrounds, tennis, soccer, baseball, and basketball facilities, picnic areas and outdoor fireplaces.

Pennypack Park contains over 1,600 acres of woodlands, wetlands, fields and meadows. It is the largest watershed park within the Fairmount Park system. Much of the park today is a part of the original Wells Spring Estate of Thomas Holme, who surveyed and mapped the original land grant to William Penn.

Tacony Creek Park is a narrow strip of land containing 302 acres, 152 of which are designated natural lands. The park connects at the northern section to the Tookany Creek Park corridor in Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County. In the southern section, below what is now Juniata Park, the Tacony Creek joins buried tributaries to form the Frankford Creek.

Fox Chase Farm is one of the last working farms in Philadelphia. This 112-acre homestead offers tours in the summer, various family events throughout the year, and a glimpse at days gone past. Staffed by volunteers, the farm provides today’s urban youth with a picture of working days, complete with sheep, cows, horses, and long country lanes. A reconstructed barn, several wide open fields, and various buildings and houses decorate the landscape.

Visit the Philadelphia Cares website to sign up for Philadelphia Cares about Fairmount Park Day today!

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