Love Your Park All Week Long!

What began as a single day of celebration is now a week-long extravaganza! “LOVE Your Park Week” kicks off this weekend and will feature eight days of service projects, fun events, educational programs, family activities, and tours at more than 100 parks throughout Philadelphia. LOVE Your Park Week is a collaborative initiative between the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and PHS.

Each day of the celebration, one activity will be highlighted as the special event of the day. Mark your calendar, grab your friends, and attend as many as possible!

May 12, Service Day and Kick Off: Join residents and other park lovers in 100 parks throughout Philadelphia as they green, plant, and beautify our city. The PHS Young Friends will be in Rittenhouse Square. Click here to sign up!

May 13, I’ll Always Love My Momma Oldies Dance Party: Celebrate Mother’s Day with an oldies night from 5 pm to 7 pm in Campbell Square Park. DJ Patty-Pat will be there, along with plenty of prizes and giveaways. All moms will receive a slice of Port Richmond’s Famous Stock’s pound cake. Hosted by the Friends of Campbell Square.

May 14, Phillies Pep Rally: Join fans across Philadelphia for a Phillies pep rally at Pleasant Hill from 5 pm to 7 pm featuring Chickie’s and Pete’s food, music, cheerleaders, and family fun!  There will be a prize for the best-dressed Phillies fan.

May  15, Old School Game Night: Remember the days when the only item on your agenda was playing your favorite game in the neighborhood park? Come out to Clark Park after work to show your stuff in a four-square tournament, knock out your opponents in dodge ball, make your way through a giant hopscotch court, and play a number of other games that you haven’t played in years!  This event is free and open for all ages, from 4 to 7 pm. Evening activities will be accompanied by DJ Patty-Pat’s “Back-in-the-Day” soundtrack!

May 16, Speed Dating: Find love in LOVE Park! Join the fun from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Speed dating brings together a large number of singles to meet in a fun, social, pressure-free environment. Register by May 1 and get $10 off by using coupon code LOVEPARK2012. Reservations required; go to www.speeddatephiladelphia.com.

May 17, Record Hop: What better way to love your park than to dance the night away in South Philly’s FDR Park? The one and only Jerry Blavat will get your toes tapping, your fingers snapping, and your hands clapping with an oldies dance party and record hop from 4:30 to 8 pm. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

May 18, Historic Mansion Bike Tour: Take the winding roads of East Fairmount Park to three of the historic park houses, from 5:30 to 7 pm. Bikes will be available for those who don’t own one (please arrive early if you need a bike). This hilly and winding route may not be appropriate for novice bikers. Reservations required; please call 215-683-3679. The tour concludes at Cosmic Cafe for a BYOB BBQ.

May 19, Spring Festival: The Friends of Cianfrani Park will host this festival with live music, a flea market, children’s activities, and refreshments from 11 am to 3 pm.

These are only the special events; be sure to check the event calendar for a complete list of all of the festivities and opportunities to volunteer. We hope to see you there!

Save the Date: Love Your Park Week

Get ready for Love Your Park Week, eight days dedicated to cleaning, greening, and celebrating Philadelphia parks from May 12 – 19, 2012.

Whether you’re interested in service projects, fun events, educational programs, family activities, or tours, there is something for everyone. And with 100-plus participating locations,  you won’t have to travel too far either. Find out what fun is in store at your favorite park! And click here for volunteer opportunities.

Also, don’t miss out on the “Show Us Your Love” essay contest. The deadline is Thursday, May 10.

There are great prizes for runners up—but the grand prize is really special! A Yo Philly! Party in your favorite park with water-ice, soft pretzels, and a DJ spinning the sounds of Philadelphia. Wow!

So…how do you love your park?

LOVE Your Park Week is a collaborative initiative between the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.