The Historic Bartram’s Mile
Aug
30
5:30pm 5:30pm

The Historic Bartram’s Mile

August 30th, 5:30-8:00pm 

Starting Location: 51st St. and Grays Avenue

This walking tour visits the newly restored mile of Schuylkill riverfront, along with historic parts of Bartram’s Garden, with wonderful views of the Schuylkill River and Center City in the distance. Join Bob Thomas, who also serves as Chair of the Philadelphia Historical Commission for an interpretive walk through the Garden to the historic buildings, the obscure Newkirk Monument, the orchards and urban farm, and the new 56th Street Plaza. An optional dinner with a discussion the extension of the Schuylkill River Trail, and projected improvements along the Lower Schuylkill follows at a café on the along the trolley ride back through West Philadelphia to Center City.  Featured photo is of the new 56th Street Plaza.

SEPTA Directions: You may join the tour either on the SEPTA #36 trolley departing 5.07pm from the 13th and Market Streets Terminal, or points along the way, or when the trolley arrives at 51st St. and Grays Avenue at about 5.27pm. If joining us at 13th St, please arrive at least 10 minutes early. If taking the trolley, purchase pay your own fare as required by SEPTA. 

Terrain and Difficulty: Park trails and walkways, and neighborhood streets. Moderate. About 3 miles with good surfaces.

Additional notes: Wear good walking shoes, and bring water and snacks to eat along the way. Either pre-register on-line in advance, or register at the beginning of the tour with cash/check.  Fee includes the cost of the walk, but not SEPTA fares and the concluding dinner.  Limited of 30 participants.

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19th Century “Affordable Housing” in Philadelphia
Sep
13
5:00pm 5:00pm

19th Century “Affordable Housing” in Philadelphia

Starting Location: Front steps of University of the Arts, 320 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 [S. Broad and Pine Streets]

 

Before the days of housing authorities and community development corporations, who built housing for people of modest means? Join Bob Thomas for an architectural walking tour of housing solutions and innovations of over 100 years ago, which survive to this day, although sometimes with a new use. We tour several historic neighborhoods in or near Center City on foot and conclude with an optional dinner to discuss ideas for the future.

 

Information and reservations: Friends of Philadelphia Parks, 215-879-8159.

Terrain and Difficulty: Back streets and sidewalks — rated easy. Wear good walking shoes, dress comfortably, and bring snacks to eat along the way.

Trip fee does not include the cost of the optional dinner.

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Abandoned Fairmount Park
Nov
18
8:00am 8:00am

Abandoned Fairmount Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 8am to 1pm (Half-Day Tour) / Rain date: Winter 2018

Starting Location: TBA

Fairmount Park is so large that there are several hidden parts almost never seen. Join Bob Thomas for the Alliance’s first exploration of parts of the park awaiting revitalization of their once fine landscapes and historic sites. We’ll travel both on foot and by carpool, learning about the old and potentially new uses of these neglected resources.  This event includes the Parks Alliance’s full “archeologist’s” breakfast for the first 12 participants, but not lunch. Participants are expected to share in the car-pooling expenses. Following the tour, we’ll conclude with an optional lunch near Boat House Row, discussing important past successes in restoring many elements of the Park, and the model they represent for our future enjoyment of now forgotten resources. 

Photo is of the Cliffs Mansion, built in 1753 by merchant Joshua Fisher, burned in 1986 due to neglect, vandalism and arson. 

Meeting place: at Bob Thomas’ for an “archeologist’s” breakfast: Please confirm address when registering.

Terrain and Difficulty: little-used park paths, old roads and back streets.  Moderate difficulty in overgrown areas. Wear good walking shoes, and bring water snacks to eat along the way.

Pre-registration required (limit of the first 12 participants for the breakfast; others will join the group at the first site at about 9:30am).

 

 

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An Easy Bicycle Tour to Summerfest at St. Peters Village
Aug
5
1:00pm 1:00pm

An Easy Bicycle Tour to Summerfest at St. Peters Village

  • Crow’s Nest Preserve, 201 Piersol Road, Elverson PA (map)
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Sat, August 5th, 2017, 1:00 or 2:00pm to 4:30pm / No Rain date

SIGN UP BY AUGUST 2ND TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT! 

Starting Location: Crow’s Nest Preserve, 201 Piersol Road, Elverson PA

Contact Carol DeWolf at: cdewolf@natlands.org or 610-353-5587 ext 268 for more information.

Notes: There is NO CHARGE for this event. Please proceed to checkout in order to reserve your place, no need to enter your credit card. This is a special Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape Event co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Parks Alliance, and funded by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Natural Lands Trust’s Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative.  

Join Bob Thomas for an easy bicycling tour in the Pennsylvania Highlands of Chester and Berks Counties for a tour from the Natural Lands Trust’s Crow’s Nest Preserve to Saint Peters Village and return after enjoying the special events at the Summerfest celebration.  You may choose between a 5-mile loop, or a longer 10-mile loop passing through the Hopewell Furnace National Historical Site as well.  

Points of Special Interest: Natural Lands’ Crow’s Nest Preserve; State Game Lands 45; French Creek State Park; Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site; Bethesda Church; St.Peter’s Village and SummerFest

Parking and Departure Point:  Crow’s Nest Preserve, 201 Piersol Road, Elverson PA. Crow’s Nest Preserve is in Chester County near Hopewell Furnace NHS, and French Creek State Park.  From PA-100 take PA-23 west 4.9 miles and turn right onto Trythall Rd.  Follow Trythall Rd. until T intersection.  Turn left onto Harmonyville Rd. and then take the first right at Piersol Rd.  Parking is available in a lot just past the restored barn.

Options:  

1: Five Mile Loop:  from Crow’s Next to St. Peter’s Village and return

2: Ten Mile Loop:  from Crow’s Nest to Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site and St. Peter’s Village and return

Departure Times:  1pm for the Ten Mile Loop and 2.15pm for the Five Mile Loop.  There will be a two-hour stop for SummerFest in St. Peter’s Village.  You may return at any time on your own, or depart with the leader at 4:30pm.

Terrain:  Mostly gently rolling; a few short hills

Pace: Moderate pace. We will keep together through the entire ride.

Surface:  All paved roads, except for 1 mile of easily negotiated fine crushed stone at Hopewell Furnace. 

Bike Requirements:  1-1/2” minimum tire width recommended for the Ten Mile Loop

Traffic:  Except for a short stretch on the gravel road in Hopewell Furnace, all roads are shared with motor vehicles, although traffic volume and speed is usually moderate.

Helmets/Vests/Blinker Lights:  Helmets are required for all riders.  For better visibility, a reflective vest and blinker lights are highly recommended.

Toilets: are located at Crow’s Nest, Hopewell Furnace and St. Peters Village.

Advance Registration is Required:  sign up at the www.philaparks.org  Click on “ParkTours.”  There is no charge for this special tour, but the number of riders is limited to 20 for safety reasons and to preserved the quality of this ride through the peaceful quiet countryside.  Deadline to sign up is Friday, July 21st.

Safety Talk and Waiver:  There will be a short safety talk prior to the ride, and all participants must sign a waiver of liability.

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PARK TOUR with Bob Thomas: Unprotected Historic Treasures of Fairmount Park
Jun
14
5:00pm 5:00pm

PARK TOUR with Bob Thomas: Unprotected Historic Treasures of Fairmount Park

Amazingly, there are a sizable number of historic treasures in Fairmount Park that are not protected by listing in the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Join Bob Thomas, who also serves as Chair of the Philadelphia Historical Commission, for a walk through the Park to beautiful but sometimes ignored buildings, sculpture, bridges and gardens which would benefit from this protection.  An optional dinner with a discussion on the work of the Commission, and of solutions to problems faced in protecting such gems follows at a café on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

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City Council Hearing on REBUILD Ordinances
Jun
7
2:00pm 2:00pm

City Council Hearing on REBUILD Ordinances

Philadelphia is Ready for Rebuild!

Last year, Philadelphia City Council approved a plan that would generate $500 million+ in funding to rebuild many of our city's parks, rec centers, and libraries. To move Rebuild forward, two ordinances will be discussed by Council. Join us on Wednesday, June 7th at 2 pm and tell your Council Member that Philadelphia is READY FOR REBUILD!  RSVP here:

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Citywide Recreation Advisory Council (PRAC) Meeting
May
23
6:30pm 6:30pm

Citywide Recreation Advisory Council (PRAC) Meeting

Learn more about advising and getting involved with your local recreation center! Hosted by PRAC President, Mike McCrea, the citywide Advisory Council meetings are a great opportunity to hear what other communities are doing at their rec centers--and what the Parks Alliance and PRAC are doing to bolster the system throughout the city! Please RSVP by phone at (215)-879-8159, by email at friends@philaparks.org or by visiting philaparks.org/springrsvp

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Love Your Park Scavenger Hunt
May
21
6:00am 6:00am

Love Your Park Scavenger Hunt

The Philadelphia Parks Alliance wants you to go out and explore your local park. What better way to explore than through a day-long scavenger hunt! Check out our social media feeds and website during Love Your Park Week(Saturday May 13th - Sunday May 21st)  for prompts and send us pictures from your hunt! 

For more #LOVEyourpark events, check out the Fairmount Conservancy's website: http://loveyourpark.org/events/

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PARK TOUR with Bob Thomas: Historic Sites and Parks via 15 Trolley
May
20
8:00am 8:00am

PARK TOUR with Bob Thomas: Historic Sites and Parks via 15 Trolley

The historic #15 Trolley has served Girard Avenue across the entire city since 1859, and now uses trolleys almost 70 years old.  Join Bob Thomas for a guided ride on this historic line from West Philadelphia to the Delaware River, stopping along the way at an extraordinary mix of historic sites and parks old and new.

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Parks Alliance Quizzo w/ Barry Bessler
May
17
8:00pm 8:00pm

Parks Alliance Quizzo w/ Barry Bessler

Join us for an exciting evening of LOVE YOUR PARK themed Quizzo Friday May 17th at 8 pm at Maggie’s On the Waterfront! Renowned Quizzo expert, Barry Bessler will moderate and the top two teams will win a prize basket full of exciting swag! It's recommended that interested participants form groups of no more than six and contact the bar at (215) 637-6716 to reserve your spot!

For more #LOVEyourpark events, check out the Fairmount Conservancy's website: http://loveyourpark.org/events/

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Panel Discussion & Happy Hour at Strangelove's
May
15
5:30pm 5:30pm

Panel Discussion & Happy Hour at Strangelove's

It's Love Your Park Week! Join the Parks Alliance for a happy hour & panel discussion on equity in public spaces. Tickets are just $10 ahead of time through Eventbrite and $15 at the door- first beer and light buffet are included. 

For more #LOVEyourpark events, check out the Fairmount Conservancy's website: http://loveyourpark.org/events/

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POSTPONED: Moms and Daughters Pumptrack Instructional & Ride
May
14
9:00am 9:00am

POSTPONED: Moms and Daughters Pumptrack Instructional & Ride

In coordination with the Philly Pumptrack, the Parks Alliance is co-hosting a Mother’s Day morning ride. BMX bikes will be provided, but participants can also bring their own bikes. This will be a Ladies Only special event with an extra hour to allow for drop-in and we will give some start-up lessons. We will not turn away ‘lil sons 10 and under. We will have the bike fleet out & free T's for the kids.

For more #LOVEyourpark events, check out the Fairmount Conservancy's website: http://loveyourpark.org/events/

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The Parks Alliance goes HARRISBURG
May
9
7:00am 7:00am

The Parks Alliance goes HARRISBURG

Join the Parks Alliance team and the Growing Greener Coalition for our FREE bus trip to Harrisburg as we advocate for more funding for parks and recreation funding and protection. Large groups are welcome! 

We'll be leaving the Parks Alliance office at 5070 Parkside Ave. at 7:15am, returning by 2:30pm.

Please RSVP below to secure your spot, and a Parks Alliance team member will be in contact!  

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City Council Budget Hearing
May
3
5:00pm 5:00pm

City Council Budget Hearing

On Wednesday May 3rd at 5:00pm in Room 400 of City Hall, the Philadelphia City Council will be holding another Budget Hearing. This hearing will feature public testimony so if you would like to provide comments you can be added to the speakers list by emailing budget.hearings@phila.gov or calling 215-686-3407. Whether you would like to give testimony or not, we would love to have you there to show support for increasing the Parks and Recreation budget! Please RSVP by phone at (215)-879-8159, email at friends@philaparks.org or by going to philaparks.org/springrsvp.

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City Council Budget Hearing
Apr
26
2:00pm 2:00pm

City Council Budget Hearing

On April 26th in Room 400 of City Hall, the Philadelphia City Council will be holding one of a series of hearings on the 2018 budget. During this session the council will discuss the Program-Based budgeting for Parks and Recreation, with an address by Parks and Rec Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell. We'd love to have you there to help show our support for increasing the Parks and Rec budget so that all our rec centers can have the funds they need to provide the services we want. If you can attend please RSVP by phone at (215)-879-8159, or by filling out the form below: 

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Fundraising Workshop
Apr
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

Fundraising Workshop

Are you an Advisory Council member in need of greater resources for your Recreation Center? Do you want to learn how to find and attain these resources?

Well the Parks Alliance is here for you! We want to equip you with fundraising techniques that will help you help your recreation center! Join us for a Fundraising Workshop purposefully designed for YOU as rec center Advisory Council members! 

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PARK TOUR with Bob Thomas: Great Schuylkill to Susquehanna Passage
Apr
8
8:00am 8:00am

PARK TOUR with Bob Thomas: Great Schuylkill to Susquehanna Passage

Join Bob Thomas for a rare opportunity to visit some of the most scenic sections of this trail being assembled between Independence Hall in Philadelphia with the State Capitol in Harrisburg. We’ll enjoy beautiful views ranging from spring planting in Lancaster County to sweeping views of remote parts of the Susquehanna River. We’ll have a picnic lunch out amongst the scenic cliffs, woods and farmland, and conclude the day’s adventure over a tasty dinner with a discussion of the development of long-distance trails in Pennsylvania. Trip fee includes the Parks Alliance’s full hiker’s breakfast, with a chance to review the leader’s library of books and maps about the area, and the guided driving and hiking tour of key sections of the Trail, but not lunch nor dinner. Transportation will be via car pools—participants are expected to share expenses.

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Community Dinner at Anderson Cultural Center
Jan
25
6:30pm 6:30pm

Community Dinner at Anderson Cultural Center

Join the community near John Anderson Cultural Center for a community dinner sponsored by the Philadelphia Parks Alliance! Come visit the Center, have a great meal, and find out more about getting involved in the community!

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PARC- Parks and Recreation Commision Meeting
Jan
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARC- Parks and Recreation Commision Meeting

Want to know what’s going on with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and get the chance to speak directly to PPR Staff? The Parks and Recreation Commission holds meetings during the year and travels to parks, recreation centers and facilities throughout the city. The Commission invites and encourages anyone interested in learning about what’s going on with the Commission and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to attend. Members of the public are encouraged to speak directly to the Commission and Parks & Recreation staff on matters that interest them.

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