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November 14, 2015

LOVE Your Park Day kicks off in Philadelphia with citywide volunteer clean-ups

Volunteers invited to help out at dozens of parks across Philadelphia

Parks Volunteering
Clark Park West Philadelphia Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Clark Park in West Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is fortunate to have such an amazing array of public parks spread throughout the city. On Saturday, in an effort to join communities and keep these public green spaces clean, the department of Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy are celebrating LOVE Your Park Fall Service Day.

Neighbors and families are invited to volunteer at more than 70 parks throughout the city, where groups will participate in a clean-up of trash and organic matter. At several parks, volunteers will help plant perennial bulbs and trees, or otherwise assist with maintenance of existing landscapes.

At Columbus Square, which is slated for a renovation starting in 2017, volunteers will paint benches and sheds and remove graffiti from walls.

The collaboration between Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy is part of a weeklong initiative that occurs in the Spring and Fall seasons. The series includes events, educational programs, tours, family activities, and a wide range of service projects.

To find out how and where you can participate in the clean-ups, visit the LOVE Your Park event website, which includes a map with addresses and schedules for the day.