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June Concerts Are Back!


Last Friday’s rain washed out Pete Donnelly’s schedule performance, but he’s been rescheduled for July 12.

The rest of the June Concert Series is as follows:

Lara & Joe Show – June 14
Special kids concert start time: 6 p.m.!

Dr. Ketchup – June 21
Featuring Bella Vista’s own Lou Fuiano!
7 p.m.

Jazz Planet – June 28
7 p.m.


Thanks again to the Friends of Cianfrani Park for organizing this great summer concert series.


Park Meeting Minutes – March 2, 2013

Meeting Minutes
Friends of Cianfrani Park March Meeting (March 5, 2013)

Fante Leone Statue*

We will have access to a Masters Thesis in Conservation that focuses on the Fante Leone Pool Building. This will be a rich source of information regarding the history of our gift.


1. Get a conservator to evaluate the condition of the statue.

2. Ask PECO to bury the wires going into the park and remove the ugly poles.

3. Gather information for the real costs of foundation work, conservation and installation so we can establish fundraising goals.

4. Gather ideas for fundraising events and identify potential donors and partners.


1. Conservation efforts should preserve the patina and finish on the statue.

2. Keep the installation simple. We will not be using the remaining pieces of the door surround. Is there a fundraising opportunity in selling them off?

3. Keep landscape elements around the statue transparent to maintain clear site lines through the park.

* We realize that not everyone is familiar with the story of the statue and how we got it. We will try to have pictures and back round information on the website within the next few days.



1. Replace the shrubs in the North Central long planter. The Fothergilla is not thriving. The shrubs will be donated to other parks. These shrubs were obtained as part of a grant from PHS, not purchased with donated park funds.

2. Clear out the plants at the broad end of the “triangle” where the statue will be located, so we can start fresh in terms of design. Memorial shrubs and plants we can use will be relocated within the park, all other donated.

3. Install new fencing on the North side of the children’s toy area.




We have a volunteer to organize two movies for the end of August. She will need a two person “crew” to help set up and take down our screen. Trial run for experimenting with the set up process will be either April 13 or May 11 clean ups.

Friday Concerts in June are being planned.

April 13 Mayors Cleanup:

We will be cleaning the perimeter of the park, cleaning a lot across from the park and erecting a new shed to store our tools, potting up plants to be donated to other parks.

May 11 “Love Your Park” service day:

Clean plant, paint the fences, have lunch and talk.


The next meeting of the Friends of Cianfrani Park will be April 2nd

7PM Palumbo Recreation Center

We welcome your participation.

June Concert Series Begins!


Dr. Ketchup!
“All groove all the time.”
Get Up With It!
“NYC/Philly based big band blasts the music of Electric Miles into the future”
Pete Donnelly (of the Figgs and NRBQ)
“A cool blend of Andrew Bird-like chamber folk and quirky subtle soul — plus…riffing power pop” 
– City Paper
Lara & Joe Show
Indie Rock for Kids

Spring Festival May 19!

The plans for our Spring Festival on May 19 are progressing. 

We are happy to announce that in addition to the raffle, the flea market, live music by Kenn Kweeder, and kids’ activities, this year we will be having food trucks that will be donating a portion of their proceeds to the park that day.  At this point we have commitments from:
Rival Brothers Coffee  
Lil Dan’s                        
Pitruco Pizza                
Sweetbox Cupcakes   
Zsa’s Ice Cream           
Also, although Nomad Pizza had a scheduling conflict, they will be donating 20 percent of the proceeds from their restaurant at 611 S. 7th Street until 6 p.m. on May 19 to the park.
Do not forget to put Cianfrani Park Spring Festival on your calendar for May 19, 2012.

Love Your Park!

LOVE Your Park Week is a citywide celebration of Philadelphia’s diverse parks, featuring eight days of service projects, fun events, educational programs, family activities, and tours at over 100 parks throughout Philadelphia, from May 12 to 19.

There will be park clean ups, gardening classes, park dedications, farmers’ markets, dance parties, plant sales and so much more!

Check out the dozens of events being hosted throughout the city during Love Your Park Week. See for more information.

Submit your entry to the “Show Us Your Love” contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes!

Cianfrani Park will be participating in this week. Volunteer at our Love Your Park Service Day on Sat., May 12 in Cianfrani Park, 8th and Fitzwater streets, from  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

And … Celebrate with us at our neighborhood Spring Festival On May 19. There will be live music by Kenn Kweeder, a flea market, food trucks, kids activities, a bake table and a raffle.

Thank You

Thanks to the folks who restored the Park’s “pyramid of lights.”