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11th Clark Park Fundraiser

April 13, 2010, Volume 56, No. 29

Clark Parl

On Thursday, May 13, University City District (UCD) and the Friends of Clark Park (FoCP) will host the 11th Party for the Park fundraiser—an annual event that helps provide funding for the maintenance of Clark Park, University City’s largest green space. The party, featuring live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Wilson Student Center (on the University of the Sciences’ campus) at 714-34 South 42nd Street.

This year, winners of a new community grant project will be announced. In 2002, UCD established an endowment at The Philadelphia Foundation for a very specific purpose: to maintain and improve Clark Park. Today, this fund generates $3,000 per year. This year, the income from the Clark Park Fund has been used to create a community grant program to support projects that will improve the park.

Over the past ten years, park advocates and donors have raised more than $550,000 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 cannot continue without these contributions. Amid the challenges of maintaining city parks, UCD, FoCP, and the Department of Recreation have created a unique public/private partnership allowing Clark Park, a heavily used 9-acre park, to thrive. Tickets are $75, $60 for FoCP members. 100% of the net proceeds go directly to park maintenance. Tickets can be purchased online at www.partyforthepark.com or by calling (215) 243-0555.


Almanac - April 13, 2010, Volume 56, No. 29