25th annual 'Fall Love Your Park Day' sets record for most parks cleaned in one day

Dan Wing
November 10, 2018 - 2:59 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Volunteers filled more than 100 parks throughout the city Saturday for a day of cleaning and getting them ready for the winter months ahead. It was the 25th annual "Fall Love Your Park Day." 

The day of service is organized by the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation. With a DJ providing some music to work to, volunteers pick up trash, mulch trees and collect leaves. Senior Director of Civic Initiatives for the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Jennifer Mahar, says those leaves will be put to good use.

"They go to the recycling center, and they become compost," Mahar said. "So it's this big sort of circle of life kind of effort. In the spring that compost comes back to the parks for garden beds and planting beds."

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Most of the volunteers don't even live in the neighborhoods surrounding the park they're helping clean, but that doesn't matter because the thanks they get from the people who do live there is makes it worth the effort, according to Lindsey Walker, who is Park Stewardship Coordinator for the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

"People are always so grateful and so happy and so excited to see the city out here cleaning up, and showing parks some love," Walker said, "and also just neighbors and partners investing in our public green spaces."

With volunteers in 107 parks, this was the largest "Love Your Park Day" to date. Volunteers will return to many of these same parks in the spring to get them cleaned up and ready for the warmer months.