Friends of Schuylkill River Park

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Spruce Street Planting Bed Revitalization

It has taken a village of volunteers, led by Joan Wells, to rejuvenate the Spruce Street planting beds.  The beds, once well-planted, have been neglected in recent years and overrun with weeds. Last year the beds were cleared of stinging nettle and undergrowth.  Landscape designer, Dimitra Grigoriou of Olin Studio, generously donated her time to create a design that retained the remaining desirable plantings and added hearty new varieties.  In mid-April, Joan received an order of 178 plants which Sally Frazza, Mary Ersek, and Dennis Milstein helped to unload and arrange. Additional volunteers, Ted Reed, Scott Farrington, Michele Ettinger, Josh Cohen, Dane Wells, and Missy Randolph helped get each one planted. Thanks to the hard work of Joan and her crew, we look forward to being welcomed to the park this summer by a spectacular floral display!

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The Friends of Schuylkill River Park are excited to share a preliminary 10 year vision for the park. 

View a recording of the call to walk through the first draft vision for the 10 year future of the park. To give feedback on the plan, email the Friends of Schuylkill River Park at This is just a 

About FSRP

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The Friends of Schuylkill River Park:

  • Hold annual park cleanups in the spring and fall to insure that the park gets a little more attention before and after its busy summer season

  • Spend thousands of dollars annually, pruning, planting and landscaping throughout the park

  • Raise funds and apply for grants that support the beautification of the park

  • Maintains open sight-lines for safety and security and keep the trees, shrubs and plants healthy and hardy.

  • Work with our neighbors and the community gardeners to maintain and improve the planting beds around the Park

  • Work in concert with the Markward Advisory Committee to offer programming in the Recreation Center and the Park that serves the entire family

  • Liase with the city and other groups on behalf of the neighborhood on important matters that shape the park's future

  • Plan for the future of the park

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