The “LOVE Your Park” program is a collaborative partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to steward and support neighborhood parks throughout the city.
The highlight of this program is LOVE Your Park Week, a Spring celebration of neighborhood parks at over 100 park sites across the city. After kicking off with a city-wide volunteer day, the week includes movie nights, plant sales, old school game nights, bird walks, yoga in the park, craft fairs, and much more. With over 10,200 acres in Philadelphia’s park system, this is a great way to explore new parks and to see how local communities are making their parks a vibrant part of their neighborhood.
The program also includes LOVE Your Park Service Day, a volunteer event held on a Saturday in the Fall at parks around the city. These two annual programs attract 4,000 volunteers and contribute to small-scale capital improvements in the neighborhood parks.
The expansion from a service day into a celebration week was a direct result of the sustained commitment of two lead corporate sponsors, ACE Group (now The Chubb Corporation) and NovaCare Rehabilitation. Additional support has been provided by: Bank of America, U.S. Facilities, Chevrolet, Dow Chemical, The Snider Foundation and PECO.
LOVE Your Park grew out of a program called Growing the Neighborhood, which was sparked by a groundbreaking 2008 study from The Trust for Public Land that quantified the economic impact of Philadelphia’s park system. The study found that the collective wealth and direct savings resulting from Philadelphia’s parks system was $1.9 billion dollars, through increased property values, tourism and environmental savings.
Thanks to the ongoing support of our corporate sponsors and the commitment of the Park Friends Groups, Fairmount Park Conservancy expects to see Philadelphia’s park system contribute even more to the economic well-being of the city. Together we believe that community engagement in neighborhood parks, whether it be weekly gardening days or concert nights in the summer, is key to maintaining Philadelphia’s neighborhood parks as places for safe, welcoming and family-friendly recreation.
For more information about LOVE Your Park events and volunteer opportunities, please contact Erin Engelstad, our Park Stewardship Manager at 215.391.4897 or at email@example.com.