When nice weather hits, Philly’s parks quickly fill with locals lounging on blankets, working out, or playing games. Having these safe, clean, and green spaces make a huge impact on our moods and wellbeing. In fact, these parks give us so much that it makes us wonder how we can show them a little love (aside from cleaning up after ourselves because duh).
As you may already know, there’s a whole week dedicated to showing Philly parks a little TLC — Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and the Park Friends Network‘s Love Your Park Week. And guess what, friends — this volunteer-based cleaning and green project is just around the bend, taking place from Saturday, May 12 through Sunday, May 20.
How does one go about loving a park, you ask? Well, it all kicks off on Saturday, May 12, with a citywide day of service. Around 2,500 volunteers will be dispatched to over 100 of Philadelphia’s parks to clean them up and deck them out with new plants and trees.
If getting your hands dirty isn’t your thing, you can still give back to your neighborhood park by making a donation or by participating in one of over 50 free events happening in various local parks all week long. The can’t-miss events include a nature photography class (your Instagram followers will thank you), a plant sale at Overington Park, and a pop-up yoga session at FDR Park. Additionally, there will be tons of nature appreciation-filled walks and hikes, as well as craft fairs and festivals.
So there you have it, friends. Show your neighborhood parks a little extra love during this event-filled week in May — we promise the fresh air will do you good! Volunteer registration for the citywide day of service on May 12 is now open — sign up here to get involved.
This post has been updated.
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