Sunday, May 7, 2017

Love Your Park Week!

Saturday, May 13th, begins a week long celebration in Philadelphia. We call it "Love Your Park Week."


A partnership between the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department and Fairmount Park Conservancy, volunteers join forces with community neighbors to clean, admire, and preserve our city parks. Along with the task of maintaining the greenery, educational programs and family-fun activities highlight the event.

We have dozens of great parks in Philly. While there isn't the time or space to list them all, I thought I'd share my favorites with you (along with whatever I can remember from my elementary school history classes ☺).

FMI, http://loveyourpark.org/


Stephen Girard Park


Stephen Girard (1750-1831) was a philanthropist with a dedication to causes benefiting education and children. The park is located in the neighborhood known as "Girard Estate." Back in Stephen Girard's 1800s America, this area (which is now a part of South Philadelphia) was actually "the country" where people escaped to get away from the city's noise and congestion. In the center of Girard Park is Stephen Girard's country mansion.

FMI, https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofStephenGirardPark


Rittenhouse Square Park



One of the five original square parks planned by William Penn during the city's early days. Originally called "Southwest Square," it was renamed in the early 1800s for David Rittenhouse.

FMI, https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Rittenhouse-Square-98751462091/



Mario Lanza Park


This park was renamed in honor of singer Mario Lanza (1921-1959) who was born in Philadelphia. Although small in stature, not only is it a quaint, charming park, but boasts bragging rights to the best dog run.

FMIhttps://qvna.org/aboutqvna/groups/friends-of-mario-lanza-park/


Washington Square Park



Another of William Penn's five initial squares, the park's original  name was "Southeast Square," and later renamed to honor the country's first president. This park is rich with history. During it's early life span, it was used for animals to graze and later a burial ground. In the 21st century, it's a great Spring/Summer place to hang out on a bench with a Pineapple Water Ice. 

FMI, https://www.nps.gov/inde/learn/historyculture/places-washingtonsquare.htm


If you have a favorite park in your area, please feel free to share! Have a great week, Everyone!!

(photos c/o facebook.com/FairmountParkConservancy; 
 facebook.com/FriendsofStephenGirardPark;
 facebook.com/youngfrs; 
 facebook.com/Mario-Lanza-Dog-Park/138112616230615;
 facebook.com/WashWestCivicAssoc)



10 comments:

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    1. Vicki, Philly will be happy to have you! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!!

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  2. Gorgeous! We are fortunate to have a park right at the end of our street. We took the Royals there yesterday as it was beautiful out.

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    1. Going to the park with little ones is always a treat! Thanks for visiting, Kim!

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  3. All those places in Philadelphia look lovely, shaded and inviting. Here in Phoenix we've having terrible fire dangers so restrictions are in place for any kind of fire used for cooking in the parks. We had wonderful winter rains which always bring so much growth that turns to fodder once the high temperatures hit. And yes, we've already had our first 100 plus temp.

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    1. In Philly, our temperatures are going backwards. We had the 70s in February. Now, it's May, and the last couple of days have been in the 40s. Go figure. Thanks for visiting, Marion!

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  4. Wow! I visited Philly once, and never considered they would have so many lovely parks. So amazing, and could easily end up spending an entire day seeing them all! Hugs...

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    1. RO, you need to come back and visit again. Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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  5. Beautiful. Philadelphia has so much history. That's cool about original squares.

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    1. Whenever I walk through the Historical District, I think, "Gee, the United States of America started right here!" Thank you for stopping by my blog and sharing your thoughts!

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