Love Your Park is a program of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Fairmount Park Conservancy, in partnership with more than 100 volunteer groups who steward their neighborhood parks. Every fall and spring, thousands of volunteers come out to clean and green their parks, plant trees, clean up litter, and more to help prepare parks for the winter.
This year, Kemble Park is the signature site on Love Your Park Fall Service Day, joining nearly 100 other neighborhood parks across the city for the cleanup.
Why should you Love Your Park on November 9th? We’ve got five great reasons, complete with testimonials from past Love Your Park volunteers!
1. It’s a great opportunity to meet your neighbors.
Parks can be wonderful community gathering spaces. Love Your Park Fall Service Day is a fun and easy way to work side by side with others to do some good for your community – and to meet new friends and fellow park champions!
2. Philly’s parks need to be prepped for winter.
At Love Your Park Fall Service Day, volunteers will be planting trees and bulbs, collecting leaves, mulching, and more. Planting trees not only beautifies your community, but trees are also natural air purifiers – they help absorb carbon dioxide from the air and release oxygen. Composting leaves ensures they are kept out of our landfills and also creates a nutrient rich material that can be used to sustain plants and trees at local gardens and parks. Cleaning up litter helps keep trash out of our waterways which helps fish, wildlife and the quality of our local drinking water.
3. Love Your Park counts toward volunteer service hours.
Are you in need of volunteer hours? Love Your Park is a great way to fulfill any service requirements! First, sign up for a GivePulse account and register to volunteer for Love Your Park Fall Service Day here. Be sure to check-in on November 9th when you volunteer. Your GivePulse account will then record proof of your volunteer hours.
4. You’re helping do some good for your neighborhood.
Whether you live in South Philly, the River Wards, the Northwest, or the Northeast, or in another Philly neighborhood, this Saturday presents you with an opportunity to make a tangible, lasting difference in your community and that’s an opportunity worth taking.
5. Time spent outside is good for your health.
A recent study found that spending just 20 minutes in a park is enough to improve your well-being. Couple that with being active by raking leaves, collecting litter, and planting trees and bulbs and you’re fast-tracking your way to a healthier you!
Ready to volunteer? Find your park here and then register to lend a hand on November 9th!