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9th Annual Clark Park Fundraiser—A Tropical Sunset
April 29, 2008, Volume 54, No. 31

On Thursday, May 8, University City District (UCD) and the Friends of Clark Park (FoCP) will host the 9th annual Clark Park fundraiser–an annual event that helps provide necessary funding for the maintenance of Clark Park, University City’s largest green space and a vibrant destination. The party will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 43rd Street and Kingsessing Mall, just across the street from the Park in the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia’s courtyard. This year, the “Tropical Sunset” theme will assure a lighthearted and festive experience.

Over the past eight years, park advocates and donors have raised more than $450,000 to supplement the maintenance of Clark Park. Thanks to these contributions, the appearance, health, and vitality of the park continue to improve. But, ongoing maintenance, such as mowing grass, edging walkways, weeding, mulching, fertilizing, tree plantings, and emptying trashcans, cannot continue without these contributions. In addition, a long-term endowment exists and continues to grow each year for capital improvements.  Amid the challenges of maintaining city parks, University City District, Friends of Clark Park, and the Department of Recreation have created a unique public/private partnership allowing Clark Park, a heavily used nine-acre park, to thrive. The Park is home to the Clark Park Farmers Market, music festivals, youth soccer, and many other neighborhood events throughout the year. It is located in the heart of University City’s Streetcar Suburb and National Register Historic District and serves a racially and socio-economically diverse population of residents, students, University City employees and visitors.

Lewis Wendell, executive director of UCD, said, “We look forward to our 9th year of helping to raise funds to support the supplemental cleaning and maintenance of Clark Park. With each passing year the park seems to get more use and to need more TLC. We look forward to a good turnout this year and as always a great reason to have a party.”

Tickets are $75 for individuals and $60 for Friends of Clark Park members. 100% of the net proceeds go directly to park maintenance. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.PartyTicketsOnline.com or by calling (215) 243-0555.




Almanac - April 29, 2008, Volume 54, No. 31