PHS Participates in National Park(ing) Day

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The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society built a mini park – taking up two parking spaces – in front of its headquarters today as part of National Park(ing) Day to promote the importance of city parks.

IMG_2370Students from Russell Byers Charter School came for story time shortly before noon. Even Mayor Michael Nutter passed through on his way to a meeting.

Park(ing) Day, sponsored by the Trust for Public Land, is an annual, one-day, global event where artists, activists and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

One of more than 30 organizations in Philadelphia that participated, PHS hosted a park at 20th and Arch streets with the theme: “1/100th of an Acre Wood.” The site featured Gold Medal plants, trees, shrubs, games, a swing and a story corner.

PHS’s Philadelphia Green program works year round to improve urban parks in the region. The Philadelphia International Flower Show is a fundraiser for Philadelphia Green.

Special thanks go to AIA Philadelphia, which coordinated the event in Philadelphia this year. To learn more about Park(ing) Day, please visit http://parkingday.org/.

To watch a Park(ing) Day video by the Daily News, click here.

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