Many Lumens: World Refugee Day at Mifflin Square Park

World Refugee Day 'Many Lumens' Festival

On June 18, the Friends of Mifflin Square Park worked with the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program to present the Many Lumens: World Refugee Day festival at Mifflin Square Park. The event featured cultural music and dance performances, face painting and fun activities for kids, tabletop exhibits by organizations who offer services for immigrant communities, an interactive timeline, and short film screenings from the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. The¬† event was free and open to the public, and it was a true celebration of cultural heritage in one of the most diverse communities in Philadelphia.

Thanks to everybody who helped make this wonderful event happen, including the Asian Arts Initiative, Bethanna, Bhutanese American Organization of Philadelphia, Friends of Mifflin Square Park, HIAS Pennsylvania, PhillyCam, Laos in the House, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, Mural Arts Southeast by Southeast, and Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. Mifflin Square Park’s tagline is “Where Diverse Communities Come Together,” so we very much appreciate all who help us convey this message by bringing cultural programs to the park.

A Lovely Day at the Park

Spring Love Your Park 2016

The Friends of Mifflin Square Park hosted a wonderful event on May 14 in support of Love Your Park Week, a semi-annual celebration put on by the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and park friends groups from all over the city. Volunteers came out to help us tend to the new garden at Mifflin, spreading mulch and compost to protect our planting beds. The event also featured a fun and family friendly Bicycle Rodeo in recognition of National Bike Month. Thanks to our friends from Bethanna and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia for helping organize and lead this activity, which featured riding lessons, bike safety education, and a super-fun obstacle course! Oh, and we also did some heavy lifting, gathering trash and recycling and composting and mulching trees throughout the park. It was a great day, and we thank all who came out to support the effort. You guys rock!!!

Fun & Games at Mifflin Square Park

April 2016 Game Day at Mifflin Square Park

It was an action-packed kickoff to the spring season at Mifflin Square Park, with park patrons and children from the Sharswood Elementary After-School Program enjoying Game Day, featuring soccer, dodge ball, horse shoes, badminton, and more!!! Officers Duffy and Delgado from the Police Department’s 3rd District, our friends from Bethanna, Meghan from the Department of Parks & Rec, and neighborhood volunteers helped organize the activities and create a fun and festive environment at the park on what was a chilly early-spring evening. After all of the fun fitness activities, youth participants were treated to a healthy snack. Thanks to everybody who helped put on this great event at the park.

Game Day was followed by the April Friends of Mifflin Square Park monthly meeting, which included discussions on some exciting upcoming park-related programs, including Comcast Cares Day (April 30), Love Your Park (May 7), our spring Read-a-Thon. For more details on these and other upcoming events at the park, check out our events calendar.

Kick Off the Spring Season at Mifflin Square Park!

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The Friends of Mifflin Square Park are gearing up for the spring season with a number of fun and family friendly events scheduled for the weeks to come. Looking to get out and enjoy the warm(er) weather? Mifflin Square Park (6th & Ritner streets) is a great place to start! Here’s what you can look forward to in April and May:

April 5: Game Day at Mifflin Square Park, 4:00-6:00pm (games and healthy snacks) – Join the Friends of Mifflin Square Park for a fun-filled day, featuring games and activities for our youth park patrons, including, hula-hooping, soccer, kick ball, badminton, and more! Healthy snacks will be provided to all who participate.

April 9: Philly Spring Cleanup at Mifflin Square Park, 11am-1pm (litter and trash pick up, painting, and street sweep) – Join the Friends of Mifflin Square Park and neighborhood residents in support of the city-wide Philly Spring Cleanup, as we work to beautify the streets surrounding Mifflin Square and neighboring Weinberg Park. Supplies (bags, brooms, gloves, etc.) will be provided to all volunteers. Healthy snacks too!

April 30: Comcast Cares Day, time TBD (eco-gardening activity) – The Friends of Mifflin Square Park recently learned that the folks at City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program green-lighted our Comcast Cares Day proposal to construct an eco-garden at the park. Come on out and join the effort, as the Friends work with volunteers from the neighborhood and Comcast to construct a garden space at the park. It will be a true “Green Thumb” effort at Mifflin Square, as we support the wonderful festivities involved with the annual Comcast Cares Day program.

May 3: Spring Read-a-Thon, 3:30pm-6pm (reading and more reading, book giveaway, and group reading) – Building upon the success we’ve had with Read-a-Thon events at Mifflin Square Park over the past couple of years, we’ll be hosting our first reading extravaganza of 2016 on May 3. The after-school programs from Sharswood Elementary and the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia will join park patrons and volunteers from Leadership Philadelphia to read as many books as possible. We’ll spread out on the green grass and read together in small groups. Kids of all ages are welcome. We’ll have young adults and Friends Group members available to assist our younger park patrons who are still working to develop their reading skills. And when the event is over, youth participants can take books home with them to continue reading on their own. As always, healthy snacks will be available to all who participate!

May 7: Spring Love Your Park, 10am-1pm (clean-up & Bicycle Rodeo) – The Friends of Mifflin Square Park will be out to support Love Your Park Week, a collaborative effort among the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and Park Friends Groups from all over the city. Join the Friends of Mifflin to clean & green and celebrate Philly parks! The event will also feature a kid-friendly Bicycle Rodeo presented by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, featuring riding lessons, bike safety education, and a fun obstacle course. Bring your bike to the park and enjoy this fun program in recognition of National Bike Month.

For more information on any of the events noted above, please email FriendsofMifflinSquare@Gmail.com. See you at Mifflin Square Park!

MLK Day of Service with CAGP

MLK Day of Service with CAGP

Join the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia and volunteers from the Friends of Mifflin Square Park and Lower Moyamensing Civic Association for a Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King Day,¬†January 18, 9am to Noon. The event will include a cleanup of the 7th Street Corridor, from Snyder to Oregon streets, as well as the grounds of Mifflin Square Park. Volunteer check-in will be located at CAGP’s South Center, 2416 S 7th St. Brooms and cleaning supplies will be provided, and there will be no cars parked on the street for easy access!!! For more details, email sustainadelphia@gmail.com. (Image credit: Land of Sky Regional Council – landofskyrsvp.org)

Mifflin Square Park to Serve as Love Your Park Signature Site!

Love Your Park - Fall 2015

Fall 2015 Love Your Park festivities are set for this weekend, and Mifflin Square Park will serve as the event’s signature site! Join the Friends of Mifflin Square and neighborhood volunteers in celebrating Philadelphia’s wonderful park system. Love Your Park is a collaboration between the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Rec and the Fairmount Park Conservancy. Neighborhood and City leaders will be in attendance at Mifflin Square, helping with tree planting, mulching, leaf collection, painting, kids activities, and more. A live DJ will help keep the volunteers moving, and free t-shirts will be available (while they last). Come out and support the effort …. 8:30am to 11:30am, Saturday Nov. 14, Mifflin Square Park, 6th & Wolf streets.

Another Wonderful Read-a-Thon & Another 100-Book Goal

Read-a-Thon at Mifflin Square Park
The Friends of Mifflin Square Park presented its 4th Read-a-Thon last week, and it was another outstanding success. Friends group members and teenagers from Furness High School led group readings with neighborhood kids from the park, Sharswood Elementary, and the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia‘s South Center After School Program. Originally planned as an annual event, the Read-a-Thon has gained such momentum that the Friends Group is now offering it as a semi-annual event. More than 30 kids participated in the October 2015 Read-a-Thon, working with mentors to read more than 50 books, and more 100 books were distributed to our youth participants.