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Angels Among Us

AngelIf you spend any time at Cianfrani Park, you’ve probably noticed how much more pleasant it’s been for the past six months or so.

This is thanks in large part to the angels of the trash cans. The trash cans in the park fill up quickly and often smell pretty bad.

However, some anonymous Park Angels have taken it upon themselves to keep those cans empty so that everyone can enjoy the space. We don’t know who they are but we hope they see this so that we can all express our deep thanks to them.

As most of us know, the City of Philadelphia does not provide sufficient services to the park to keep the trash under control or to keep the park looking great. All of that happens most of the year thanks to a few hard-working volunteers.

We are, however, fortunate that starting about two weeks ago and going on through the end of September, the City is providing an hour of staff time every day so the trash angels/volunteers can have a vacation.

We will all look forward to their return beginning October 1. If you want any more information about the situation or you would like to volunteer with this or other Park tasks, send a note to cianfranipark@gmail.com


A message from Friends of Cianfrani Park

The “old” Friends of Cianfrani Park are pleased to welcome so many “new” Friends to the group, many of whom joined at the beautiful October Fall Festival event we organized.

We need as many friends as we can get because this park, like all small parks in Philadelphia, is dependent on volunteer effort. At various times, you will find people planting, pruning, and cleaning in the park. These people are not City employees. They are neighborhood volunteers and they will welcome your contribution to the effort, no matter how small.

We typically hold meetings at 7 pm in Palumbo Recreation Center (10th & Fitzwater) on the first Tuesday of every month and look forward to your joining us.

In the meantime, you may have noticed an urgent challenge – the two overflowing trash cans in the park. Typically, within one day of emptying, these cans are full and 90% of what they are full of is bags of our dogs’ droppings. The City provided a worker for a few summer weeks, during which the situation was tolerable. That service is long gone. For the rest of the year, if we want the park to be a pleasant place for all users, rather than an eye- and nose-sore, it is up to those of us who walk our dogs in the park or deposit their droppings in those cans to find a solution.

Options include:

  • Dog owners establish a schedule and take turns emptying the cans daily
  • Dog owners carry our dogs’ droppings to our own homes (that’s what many of us do now because we were told that it was the law)
  • Dog owners organize ourselves to contribute money to pay someone to empty the cans daily and to monitor that person
  • We remove the cans from the park

If you are interested in leading or participating in the dog owner effort, please reply to this email (cianfranipark@gmail.com).

A big Thank You

A big “thank you” to all the folks who have been emptying the park trash cans. It’s greatly appreciated.