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TreePhilly Yard Tree Giveaway a Success

It went really well.  They ended up setting up in the 2nd Baptist parking lot across the street from the intended site, the Wilmot playground, because there was more room.  The Church members were really helpful.  People lined up early for their trees, and while I don’t have the exact numbers, I would say at least 2/3 of people that signed up for a tree got theirs on Wed.  People were excited, and a lot of people had checked the tree choices online and knew what they wanted!
 Hasan Malik of the NE TreeTenders, Andrew Emma (PHS Tree Tenders) and students from Lincoln HS horticulture/environment program provided demonstrations on how to plant and mulch the trees- (the HS students were great) volunteers and Park staff helped people choose the best tree for their yard, and gave further advice on how to plant and care for their new trees.
All people getting a tree got some individual attention and a Wells Fargo tote bag containing info about their tree and tree care. Volunteers included members of the Frankford Garden Club,  the Frankford Parks Group (including Jason Dawkins, staff for Councilwoman Maria Q Sanchez), the Frankford CDC,  members of the 2nd Baptist Church, and the Penn State Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners.
The next TreePhilly giveaway is Saturday, April 28th, from 10am-1pm at the same location.
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Philly Cares Day in Frankford

The photos show MOST of the large crew of volunteers that came out for Philly Cares Day on October 22nd at the Hedge & Orthodox park.

There was a group of students from Ursinus College, one student from Franklin Towne Mastery Charter School, a group of young women from a NE Philly mentoring program (that is all they would tell us!), a Bar Mitzvah candidate with his parents and little sister and a group of unaffiliated adults that found us thru the Philly Cares Day program, along with members of Frankford Garden Club and the Frankford Parks Group. Even the Sanitation workers dove in and lent a hand!

Thanks to everyone, we got a lot done, removing the overgrown trumpet vines that were covering the Mural, clearing the wrought iron fence of vines and weeds, and pulling weeds out of the curbs and cracks.

Keep an eye on Hedge & Orthodox, we aren’t done yet! We will be working to remove 2 dead trees, and take measures that will prevent those huge Burdock plants from coming back next Spring.


(Photo credit to Janet Bernstein)
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Frankford Parks Group

Saturday August 13th is the Hedge Street park cleanup day (Hedge and Orthodox Streets).

I was listing this on the calendar a few days ago and it occurred to me that the Frankford Parks group has been going about its business getting things done without a lot of fanfare.  Jason Dawkins and Kim Washington are the two young people who have been directing this group.

Yes, Jason does work for Councilwoman Sanchez and Kim directs the EPIC stakeholders but what they do for the Parks  group looks like something more.  It’s on their home turf, in their community and they are trying to make a difference using their know how and connections.  I don’t think they are on overtime.  They do it for the community.

Not unlike what Danny Savage did for Deni Playground, they have started up the Hoop Dreams basketball league at Wilmot Park.  This community is being rebuilt one block at a time and increasingly it is the younger people who are doing the building.

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Wilmot Park Playground

Frankford Parks group has been working on this project to rehab the Wilmot Park playground (Mulberry and Meadow Streets) since last year.  The old equipment was removed then and this Spring the playground got a new surface.  It’s padded so that the kids can play safely.  New equipment looks really great.  I was there while school was open, so it was unoccupied.