Fairmount Park Conservancy

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Clearing away invasive plants around Centennial Lake

Growing the Neighborhood

Founded in 2004 by ACE Group and NovaCare Rehabilitation, Growing the Neighborhood is a program of citizen-initiated park improvements to the neighborhood parks of the Fairmount Park system.

Growing the Neighborhood pairs corporate volunteers with neighborhood residents for an annual day of volunteering in the park. This empowering work helps neighbors work together with the business community to bring new life and community to their neighborhoods, to improve the parks' ability to attract and retain neighborhood residents, and to significantly contribute to Philadelphia's quality of life.

A Big Thanks to Our 2011 Growing the Neighborhood Sponsors:

Year 8 (2011) Project: FDR Park

Franklin Deleno Roosevelt Park in South Philadelphia was selected as the site for the 8th annual Growing the Neighborhood program.  FDR Park is 348 acres and includes 77 acres of natual lands, a golf course, tennis courts, playing fields, a brand new playground, and many other amenities.  The park is bordered by Pattision Avenue and Broad Street next to the sports complex district. With the help of the Friends of FDR Park, over 200 volunteers participated in 2011, the highest number in the program's history.    

Completed improvements:

  • Cleared 100 yards of sight lines around the lake
  • Uncovered and cleared over-grown pathways to the historic gazebo
  • Picked up trash and recyclables
  • Prepared holes for the installation of new park signage
  • Cleaned the edging around sidewalks and parking lots
  • Mulched tree pits and flower beds

Capital Improvements to Be Made with Funds Raised:

  • Installation of a boat and skimmer to remove algae from the lake
  • Installation of three aerators to pump oxygen into the lake
  • Installation of new park signage

Past Parks & Neighborhoods of the GTN Program:

  • Year 1 (2004): Fernhill (SW Germantown), Kemble (West Oak Lane), Palmer (Fishtown)
  • Year 2 (2005): Fisher (Olney), Cloverly (Germantown)
  • Year 3 (2006): Wingohocking (Logan), Girard (South Philadelphia)                                                  
  • Year 4 (2007): Penn Treaty (Fishtown), Cobbs Creek (Callowhill)
  • Year 5 (2008): East Park (Strawberry Mansion), Tacony Creek Park (Lawncrest – North East Philadelphia)
  • Year 6 (2009): Concourse and Centennial Lakes, West Fairmount Park (West Parkside)
  • Year 7 (2010): Hunting Park (eastern North Philadelphia)

Lead funding is provided by ACE Group and NovaCare Rehabilitation.  Additional funding is provided by MedRisk, PRWT Services Inc., Sunoco, Sunoco Logistics, TD Bank, U.S. Facilities Inc. and the Albert J. Lofgren & Antoinette Farrar Seymour Donor-Advised Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation.  Growing the Neighborhood is administered by Fairmount Park staff and the Fairmount Park Conservancy.  


Baseball field before and after the 2008 GTN Volunteer Day at Tacony Creek Park