LOVE Your Park? Help spruce it up.

March 29, 2010

Is there a Philly park or rec center near and dear to your heart?

May 8 is the day to show your fondness by volunteering to plant  flowers and removing trash, debris and graffiti from public spaces across the city.

This year’s event is sponsored by The Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation, Greater Philadelphia Cares, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society/Philadelphia Green and Target.

“Keeping our parks clean and green is another way of showing pride in our communities and loving the city we live and work in,” said Mayor Michael Nutter when he announced the program today. “I’m calling on all Philadelphians to roll up their sleeves to join friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers to preserve Philadelphia’s park spaces for everyone who wishes to enjoy them. It’s a wonderful way to give back to our communities.”

Volunteers for the May 8th “Love Your Park” Day can sign up at www.gpcares.com. The event runs from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm.

Last year nearly 1,200 volunteers worked a total of 3,600 hours at park sites across Philadelphia to remove over 11 tons of trash and plant thousands of flowers.  The sponsors will provide staff, tools, supplies, monetary and logistical support to this year’s “LOVE Your Park” cleanup effort.

-Posted by Kellie Patrick Gates

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