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Spring Cleanup – Saturday, April 5

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March 4 Meeting

Agenda for Friends of Cianfrani Park March 4 meeting at 7 p.m. at Palumbo Recreation Center.

We are pleased that Erin Engelstad from the Fairmount Park Conservancy will be attending our meeting. The Conservancy is a great resource for all city parks. They provided our new bulletin board and have helped fund the winter Holiday Lighting event.

Statue
Review of any comments regarding the statue project. Review the statue presentation and submit comments here.

Workdays
Discuss projects for the Mayors Cleanup on April 5th and Love Your Park Service Day on May 10th.
If conditions permit, we may call for an informal “raking party” soon to remove leaves and pods from the taped off lawn areas. The point of the protection is to give the lawn a rest from constant foot traffic over the winter.
We will be discussing an idea to keep some portion of the grass area dog free so there is a clean and attractive portion of the park for human use this spring and summer.

Grants
There is an opportunity to apply for Americorps volunteers to do some work in the park. This may be a chance to repaint all of our decorative iron fencing, which needs attention.
We need people to guide the volunteers to do the job properly. Can anyone help with this?

Activities
There will be a short report on our discussions with other local parks about coordinating our concerts and other events.
We are still looking for additional events for Cianfrani Park. All ideas are welcome.

Makemusicphilly.org is the local website for a worldwide event that occurs at the Solstice, June 21st. They want to arrange free musical events all day long all over the city, so they are looking for people with musical talent to volunteer. Cianfrani Park will agree to be a venue!

April Meeting
Please note that the April meeting will take place in the park on Saturday the 5th during the clean up, and not at Palumbo on the first Tuesday as we usually do.

Event Ideas

Do you have an idea for an event in Cianfrani Park?

We expect our concert series to continue this summer, but there are opportunities for fresh ideas for other events.
Would you like to see more events in the park this year in addition to our Friday Concerts in June series?

  • Outdoor movies?
  • Easter Egg Hunt?
  • Flea Market?
  • Arts and Crafts Fair?Gardening Expo?
  • Board game challenge?

We welcome neighborhood input and participation!!

Email us: cianfranipark@gmail.com

Friends of Cianfrani Park is a Registered Volunteer Community Group of the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Stewardship Program. Past events have included:

  • The Fridays in June Concert Series
  • Spring and Fall Festivals, (live music, flea market, raffle, kids’ games, food.)
  • Movie nights (we have the screen & equipment!)
  • Holiday Lighting Celebrations

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Concert Schedule Change!

There’s been a change for this week’s show. Dr. Ketchup’s drummer has another engagement. So Slowey & The Boats are going to rock Cianfrani Park with some sweet lap steel guitar! Check it out: Slowey & The Boats.

7 p.m. start time.  Fingers crossed for clear skies.

June Concerts Are Back!

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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.

Important Notice: Spraying in the Park

Over the last several years, many of us have been fretting about the condition of the lawn at Cianfrani Park. It seems like it either has large spots of brown or the grass is so high it is up to your knees. Last year we were very proud to accept the first prize in the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society’s City Garden Contest. The gardens are a result of very hard work on the part of our dedicated volunteer neighbors. However, the grass has been continued to be problematic.

Last summer, after our continued complaints to the city about the mowing situation, we were paid a surprise visit by a landscape technician from the newly consolidated Department of Parks and Recreation. With the consolidation of Fairmount Park and the Philadelphia Department of Recreation, we have benefitted by receiving some new services, including people who care about having parks with nice lawns. After taking a sample and sending it for analysis, it seems that he discovered the cause of our lawn problems. We have a very difficult weed called Goose Grass which has overtaken the good grass and seems to grow at a rate of up to an inch a day. The city’s biweekly mowing schedule is not going to handle that kind of growth.

To remedy this situation the city is going to come in to spray the lawn to eliminate the Goose Grass before it has a chance to start growing this year. The spray is not a poison, but a “pre emergent treatment” that prevents weed seeds from sprouting and multiplying. It will not kill anything that is already growing. Following the spraying we will be roping off all of the lawns for a week or so and strongly suggest that you keep children and dogs off of the lawns. The protection for a week is only to allow the treatment to work efficiently and undisturbed. We have been told it should not be harmful to pets or people. Signs will be posted.

The second stage of this recovery process will occur in the fall which is the best time to plant new grass. We hope to have a contractor come in at that time to aerate the entire lawn to loosen the compacted dirt so that new seed may go in. It will take the winter for it to establish roots and hopefully next summer we will have the beautiful lawn we have always wanted.

We ask for your patience as we go through this process. We hope you will be happy with the results.

-Friends of Cianfrani Park

Spring Cleanup April 13

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The 6th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 13th.

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.