An open letter from the Friends of Penn Treaty Park

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An Open Letter To the Penn Treaty Park Community

Within the small community of Fishtown lies one of the true shining stars of Philadelphia. Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware River is the gem of the Fairmount Park system, a living history lesson on the founding of our country. And it belongs to us-The people of Philadelphia, the residents of Fishtown and its neighboring communities. It is ours to use, to enjoy, to bask in, to admire….and to care for. For many years this park was allowed to slide into darkness, squalor, vagrancy. It became a place to be avoided even during daylight. But neighboring residents said enough is enough. This park belongs to us and we will reclaim it and return it to the community to once again enjoy as it began-with peace and friendship.

In the last few years Penn Treaty has made a comeback. It is not unusual to see soccer games on the large open space, families picnicking, evening strollers whispering secrets, large community events, early morning dogwalkers, wedding photographs taken, artists seeking their muse. Coming in 2009, a summer concert series, outdoor movies, the fourth year of the celebratory, Champagne in The Park, the inaugural Penn Treaty Shadfest, and many other events designed to take advantage of our beautiful open space on the river. A master plan to re-vision the Park is underway, and a design firm has been chosen through an open process that will seek input from the community on what we want this park to be in 5 years, 20 years, forever.

We urge you to voice your vision of our Park, to engage in the process to shape our slice of peaceful earth. The Friends of Penn Treaty Park meets the first Monday of each month to review work being considered, address neighborhood concerns, raise the awareness and guide the comeback. The board is made up of individuals who actively seek to advance the work of rebuilding Penn Treaty for the common good of our community and insuring the protection of this uncommon space.

We ask that you consider supporting the work of the Friends Group by joining as an annual member and indeed become an active participant in our monthly cleanups, tree and flower planting, planning events, advising Fairmount Park and working with our neighborhood civic and business associations to promote and utilize the Park. Penn Treaty Park is the last open piece of land left on the Delaware that truly belongs to the people of Philadelphia. Join us to keep it that way forever.
As Mayor Nutter said at our third annual Champagne in the Park fundraiser, “When ordinary citizens are passionately involved, that’s when things get done”. We can do even more, with your support!


The Friends of Penn Treaty Park

P.S. Your $20 annual membership will support our work and entitle you to be a full Friend of the Park with the right to vote for board members at the annual meeting on Monday, January 5th, 2009. Please send your $20 pledge to Friends of Penn Treaty Park c/o WEA 1210 Marlborough Street Phila Pa 19125. Friends meet at The Fishtown Rec off Palmer Street the first Monday of every month at 6:30 PM

The Friends of Penn Treaty Park is a non-profit community organization dedicated to preserving
and enhancing the beauty and usefulness of historic Penn Treaty Park.

The official registration and financial information of The Friends of Penn Treaty Park may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

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Sounds like a great summer

Sounds like a great summer calendar of events--