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Archived Events

Kids Clothing Swap

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Bring your outgrown, unused, no longer wanted kids items and swap them for items you can use! We are accepting kids clothing, small toys, books in good usable condition. Nothing to swap? Come anyway! Any unclaimed items will be donated. Volunteers needed Friday, April 21st and Saturday, April 22nd. Volunteers welcome to pre-shop.



Bring your gently used clothing, books and small toys to the Markward Recreation Center during these drop off windows:

  • Friday, April 14 from 2:00 - 6:00PM

  • Friday, April 21 from 4:00 - 6:00PM

  • Saturday, April 22 from 9:00AM - 12:00PM


Can't make this drop off time frame? Email to coordinate.


Saturday, April 22 from 10:00AM – 1:00PM

Freeze Plunge for a Good Cause

Thanks to all who joined us for the PHILLY PHREEZE event, which was to fundraise for lifeguard signing bonuses!

Philadelphia's Parks and Rec Department wants you to start thinking about lifeguarding now, so we can be prepared to open all city pools for the whole summer! The city is offering a bonus of up to $1,000 for those lifeguards that get their application in by APRIL 15th and then go on to complete the summer.

To raise money for this effort, Parks and Rec held their own polar plunge on event on February 25th called THE PHILLY PHREEZE. It was a chilly 32 degrees when our favorite Rec leaders take the plunge.

Thank you to our Markward Rec Leader HILARY DOE for braving the waters! To support her fundraising efforts, click her link below. Her goal is to raise $1,500 for lifeguard bonuses!

Learn more about the Philly Phreeze here.

Support Rec Leader Hilary's fundraising here.

Movie Night at Trinity


🎵🎶 Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty 🎶🎵


Trinity Center for Urban Life at 2212 Spruce St. hosted a family movie night to screen the musical Matilda, based on the beloved Roald Dahl book. Dozens of parents and children came to watch the film and enjoy snacks. Keep an eye out for the next movie night!

Community Garden Plot Lottery


FEELING LUCKY? 🍀🍅🫑🌷 Participate in the Community Garden Plot Lottery! Each year, five garden plots (four 10x10 and one 10x15) in the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden (25th and Spruce St) are awarded to non-members of the Center City Residents Association (CCRA) for a one season term.

To be eligible, candidates must be bona fide residents of CCRA's geographic boundaries (Schuylkill River to the West side of Broad St; between the North side of South and the South side of John F. Kennedy Boulevard). Winners pay a one-time fee of $65 for 10x10 and $85 for 10x15 plot.

To enter the lottery, please email with your name, address, phone number to:

Requests must reach the destination by March 1, 2023. The drawing will
take place in early March and winners will be contacted by phone or email. One entry per household.

Come Celebrate Mardi Gras at Markward
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Calling all kids! Come celebrate Mardi Gras at the Markward Rec Center! The event will take place on Saturday, February 18, from 12-4.


Activities include mask making, coloring activities, "doubloon" coin toss, and yummy treats!


The event is free, but you must register to attend:

Fitler Holiday Celebration
We enjoyed caroling, dancing and a choral performance at the Fitler Square tree lighting, complete with a visit from Santa!
If you need a caroling songbook, you can access ours HERE.
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Fall 2022 Love Your Park Day

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Thank you for helping keep the park beautiful on Love Your Park Day! We cleaned, planted, mulched and celebrated Schuylkill River Park. We even held a Pumpkin Chunkin' and smashed pumpkins for a good cause (recycling) and planted a Sensory Garden with the winning tree - the PawPaw!


ICYMI! Schuylkill River Park kicked off fall in a big way: a flea market, basketball tournament (with trophy!), snacks... oh, and did we mention a marching band?

2022 Ladybug Release Party

We had so much fun in the Community Garden! Our annual Ladybug Release Party was a great success, where people across the community helped release tons of garden-protecting ladybugs into thhe Community Garden, located at the northwest corner of the Park.

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Spring 2022 Love Your Park Week

Thank you to everyone who came out to the spring Love Your Park Day at Schuylkill River Park! We spread mulch, cleared debris from paths and drains, picked up garbage, and sanded and painted our new Adirondack chairs. Once they’re dry, the chairs will be added around the park for everyone to enjoy!


Thanks to Paulien for her hard work weeding and mulching the liriope bed between the two dog park gates! It was looking ruff.


A huge group came out to help us assemble, sand, and paint our new Adirondack chairs! You'll see them in the park soon, so get ready to relax!

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