Lovin’ on McMichael

A favorite local greenspace shines for Friends and neighbors. 

Though usually known for quiet zen, McMichael Park got its groove on May 12 with a special “Love Your Park” celebration. Thirty volunteers (and two babies) came out for a full day of fun, including pet adoptions, Music with Gina, and a children’s story hour with long-time neighbor (and former Mayor & Governor) Ed Rendell. State Rep Pam Delissio and Congressman Dwight Evans even stopped by to show support for our open green space.

Peter Logan, Bill Hoffner, Beth Gross, and Geoff Brock
A Friend of the Wissahickon keeps cool with Little Baby’s yummy nondairy strawberry coconut milk ice cream

Tree plantings and clean up, too, of course – all the better to work up an appetite for some Little Baby’s Ice Cream, who came out along with Royal Zarasa’s serious comfort food. “Their chicken and waffles and their salmon slaw sandwiches were the bomb!” said Christina Kistler, Midvale neighbor and longtime Friend of McMichael.

Big cheers for this urban oasis in the heart of East Falls! Follow Friends of McMichael on Facebook for information on events and cleanups planned throughout the year – including Falls Flea, coming up Saturday June 9th! This event always brings a great crowd, with dozens of vendors, plus beer garden, food trucks, and more.

Summer Reading! McMichael story hours start June 4th thru the Falls of Schuylkill Library. Meet 6:30pm at the Turtle statue every first Monday for a special evening storytime. Wear your jammies, bring a favorite toy, and a blanket to kick back on. Snacks provided by Friends of McMichael. (Ages 2 to 6, siblings welcome).

Memorial Day ceremony Monday May 28 (11am – noon)

SEE YOU ON MEMORIAL DAY! Calling all Veterans & East Falls residents for a very special ceremony honoring our neighbors who’ve served and celebrating new improvements to McMichael Park’s war memorial. Featuring a benediction by Father Robert Feeney of St. Bridget’s church and remarks by Commander Francis Sullivan, US Navy (Ret).  Monday May 28, 11am – noon.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS, too, for Shakespeare in the Park on Thursday July 12, 7pm (details coming soon).

Big thanks to Brian and Christina Kistler for all these awesome photos.

Gov. Ed Rendell reads to children
Derrick Johnson (SoLI-Fitness) hauls mulch to the Winter garden
Hunter and mom Rebecca (Penn St) were powerhouses!
Young Sophie plays in the turtle with a stack of leaf bags

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