Monday, August 22, 2011

uwishunu About the Neighborhood Day at FDR Park

Over the years, FDR Park has played host to many an occasion from weddings to picnics, and even the 1876 Centennial Exposition.

More recently, for local Philadelphians who remember it as a place where they learned to ride bikes on the park’s busted paths, bury their dead hamsters in its patchy fields, and go swimming in its now non-existent pool, FDR is known lovingly as “The Lakes.”

It’s a place for tailgaters, golfers, skateboarders and BMX bikers — and, come September 23-4, the massive POPPED! Music Festival. But on Saturday, September 10, FDR will be a place for neighbors.

The Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Friends of FDR Park and the Growing the Neighborhood project are coming together for the 8th Annual Growing the Neighborhood Volunteer Day at FDR Park, in order to help beautify this historical park.

Those interested in volunteering should arrive by 8 a.m. wearing long pants and closed toe shoes. A light breakfast will be served.

The clean-up is from 8:30–11 a.m., followed by a brief program with Mayor Nutter and other city representatives, in addition to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for FDR’s newest playground.

There will be activities for children throughout the day, including face painting, fire truck tours and fishing; plus, Sweetbox Truck Cupcakes will be on location to sell treats.

Don’t miss this chance to literally lend a helping hand in Philadelphia.

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