Cianfrani Park Update

Dear Neighbors,

Over the last couple of months you may have noticed some welcome changes in Cianfrani Park.

Last April we received a grant from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to provide plants and tools for renovating our gardens. In a happy coincidence, several very capable gardening volunteers have come forward to offer their time and talent to help our park become one of the most beautiful in the city.

In October, volunteers removed all of the lackluster shrubs in the side planters. On November 4th we planted 36 new shrubs and two flowering trees. Over 2000 bulbs were planted to provide a dazzling display for next spring. Over the three work weekends there were a total of 76 people who put in an average of four hours each. This is a great achievement.

We all owe special thanks to neighbors Karen Clancy and Christopher DeSilvis for their leadership, enthusiasm and hard work for making all this happen. We are also grateful to neighbor Warren Isom for building a new brick base under our tilting urn in the round planter by 8th Street and for his tulip planting expertise.

Let’s keep the momentum going!

All of this fresh energy is wonderful for our park and our community. We urge all of you who use and enjoy Cianfrani Park to think about how you can contribute to its nurture and improvement. We can always use gardening help, but there are many ways to be involved. (If you have ideas about creative fundraising projects, please raise your hand!)

So much of modern life is out of our control, but working together we can certainly make our park cleaner, greener and safer for all. Other benefits include meeting some very nice neighbors. The food isn’t bad, either!

In January we will discuss next year’s plans for projects and events at our monthly meeting to be held at Palumbo Recreation Center, 7pm, on the first Tuesday of the month.

Enjoy the “Pyramid of Light” decoration in the park.

Dream of Spring and the beauty to come.

Happy Holidays to All!

The Friends of Cianfrani Park