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.
THANKS AGAIN !
(Photo credit to Janet Bernstein)
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.
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.