Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Green Street Lot Conversion!

There is currently a vacant lot on Green Street between 18th and 19th Street that is part of Laura Wheeler Waring School. It is not very pretty.
We are applying for a grant through the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society to remove the concrete and convert the land into green space!!! E-mail Fairmountisfun@gmail.com if you are interested in helping!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

kickball and your chance to VOLUNTEER

The next kickball game will be Wednesday, August 26th at 6:30 PM at Clemente Park!

If you have any kind of skill (from coloring within lines to bow-hunting skills) and would like to share it with some kids in the community in the form of an after school program, PLEASE let me know! Terrance, who is the Rec Leader at Clemente is trying to get some people who are able to help with the after school program! Even if you only come out once for a special event, or if you make it a regular thing, it would be great!! email fairmountisfun@gmail.com

Monday, July 27, 2009

Plans for Clemente Playground!!!

Updates as revealed by Darryl Clarke and Francesco Cerrai of the Department of Public Property!

Note the additional trees, two arbors at strategic entrances, repainted basketball court and a NEW FENCE!

Monday, July 20, 2009


This Tuesday, July 21, at 6 PM at the Electricians Union (1719 Spring Garden Street)!
To discuss the future of Roberto Clemente Park & Playground!

Please be there!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

What's up at Clemente Park and Playground!?!?

put these in your calendar and pass them to friends!!!
THIS Sunday, June 14: co-ed soccer scrimmage: 7 PM at the field

Wednesday, June 17: FENCE PAINTING HAPPY HOUR 6:30 PM (stay as long as you want--we'll go out for a drink afterwards) - to continue to make progress on painting the fence that surrounds the park black - to make it look better (or rather, so it is invisible!!)

June, July, August! Movies TBA
First Movie night: Friday, June 26th 8:30 PM

Picnic in the Park!!! Saturday, July 18th 2 PM

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Clemente Park & Playground Updates

Hello!  A big thanks to Trista, Chalo, Kim, Terrance, Davis and Sean for coming out to the meeting today! 

Items of note:
1) Kim and I will be meeting with the Department of Public Property which had a hand in drawing up the plans for the revitalized Clemente Playground (ground to break Fall '09) on Thursday to ask some questions and get some clarity on the following:
-trees; are any of the trees currently in the park going to be preserved? it is hard to tell from the plan
-Will the fence that surrounds the park be replaced?  If not, more painting days will be organized to ensure it is completely black by the end of the summer!
-To what extent will there be new signage for the park?
- Will the plan account for Doggie Pick-up bag dispensers and recycling bins?
- Will there be gates or gaps in the fence?
-Is there any plan to possibly include community bulletin boards?
-Is it possible to discuss the vacant concrete lot adjacent to Waring School and possibly converting what is now concrete into a garden for Waring students?
2) Movie nights
-Trista will be gathering information from resources around the city about organizing three movie nights throughout the summer in June, July and August.
-Popcorn and hotdogs will be in full effect!
3) Terrance spoke to the Police about installing a barricade for Mt. Vernon Street between 19th and 18th.  He will follow up and find out when we can expect this to be installed.
4) Picnic in Clemente Day idea proposed--will hopefully happen mid-summer- as it is a relatively self-sufficient event whereby families and individuals set up their own picnic in the park.  Our group will pull together the live musical entertainment that will happen.
5)  Weekly volunteer-led instructional activity idea was discussed.  The idea is to pull from our networks--any individuals (this includes all of you!) with any kind of talent or special skill to share; whether it's salsa dancing or yoga, scrap booking or basic personal finance, once a week we are going to try to schedule a series of free instructional/fun community events to take place at the rec center!  Anybody interested in sharing a skill for ONE NIGHT this summer with children or adults, please let us know!!!

Next kickball game will be Thursday, June 4th at 7 PM.  Next meeting for Friends of Clemente will be announced soon!

Thursday, May 14, 2009


We discussed a few things in the meeting last night.

1)  Fence Painting Completion
-waiting to hear back on whether the city has plans to replace the entire fence as a part of the   improvevment plan slated to start in the fall
-if the city will not replace the fence, we will schedule subsequent painting days
2) Movie Nights
-planning for 3 movie nights to happen on the 3rd friday in June, July and August
-Movies will be screened out doors at sundown and will be family friendly
-We are trying to figure out where to get a screen from - someone in the group has access to a projector!
3) End of Summer Celebration
-We discussed organizing a big summer festival in the park and many of the group members would rather have this kick off coincide with "back to school" to allow us to have more planning time
4) Better Communication Tools
-possibly starting a physical newsletter for us to communicate with the entire neighborhood- costs could be covered by strategic partnershis with local business
5) Summer programs and mentorship opportunities

Please shoot me an e-mail (fairmountisfun@gmail.com ) if you would like to talk about any of these further--or have anything to add to next meeting's agenda!

Next meeting and kickball game will be Wednesday, May 27th at 6:30 PM (Kickball at 7:30)

See yoou then!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, May 8, 2009



Meeting at 6:30 (at the Rec Center located at 18th and Wallace)

Kickball at 7:30!!!!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

NEXT MEETING MAY 1st at 6:30

at the rec center.

Also there will be a kickball game on May 5th at 7 PM!!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


@ St. Andrew's Church at 19th and Wallace 6 PM
with Councilman Darrell Clarke of our 5th District!!!!!!!

We will be hearing from him regarding the city's plans for Clemente Park & Playground!


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Saturday Clean up on the 18th of April!!!!!

Hope to see you there!  Should be a good time.
Starts at 10:30 AM!
Shouldn't go past 1 PM!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Clean Up Pictures!

Brian Howard from the City Paper wrote this:

Monday, April 6, 2009

Friday, April 3, 2009


Starts @ 10:30 AM--if you get there early you can help us set up!
Please wear comfy Clothes!
Should go no later than 2 PM!


Friday, March 20, 2009


Anyone interested in learning more about the project to revitalize Clemente Park & Playground--come to the Clemente Park Rec Center on Monday at 6:30 PM!

Any questions? E-mail Fairmountisfun@gmail.com

Monday, March 9, 2009

Moving right along...

ickball on Saturday was wonderful!! The weather was warm and the park and playground were buzzing with tons of people.

We played for about an hour and there were about 12 kids and 12 adults there--our teams were "Team Cheesesteak" and "Team Chicken Wings."  I'm pretty sure the Cheesesteaks won.

The next meeting for the revitalization of Clemente Playground/ Park will be Monday 3/16 at 6:30 PM @ St. Stephen's Green.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Meeting on Thursday!

There will be a meeting for anyone interested in helping out with the project on Monday, March 2nd at 6:30 PM!

It will be at St. Stephen's Green at 1701 Green Street.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Vision for Clemente Playground!!!!!!!



- Installation of Bleachers and repair of benches
- GRASS on the field
- Separated Dog Run area
- Trees planted around playground
- Spray Pool Repair and update
- Freshly painted jungle gym/bathrooms
- Installation of new park signage: 1) large Clemente sign 2) doggie clean up reminder sign
- Functional/repaired fence

Stay tuned.....