Cool Off, Stay Active: Visit Clark Park

Friends take a noon break and beat the heat in the shade at Clark Park.
Friends take a noon break and beat the heat in the shade at Clark Park.

The Farmers Market is open on Saturdays as well.

Hot weather getting you down?  Clark Park Area B between 43rd and 45thth Streets going south toward Woodland Avenue is open on a “modified Green Phase “Reopen-With-Care” basis.  That makes it a great place to take a cool morning walk or an evening stroll or lay out a blanket in the shade during one of these hot summer days.   

On Saturdays, residents can combine their Clark Park rest and recreation with a visit to the popular Farmers’ Market along 43rd Street starting at Baltimore Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (9:30-10 a.m. reserved for seniors/immunocompromised shoppers).

Clark Park is accessible via SEPTA Routes 13, 30, and 34.

It is disappointing, of course, that popular annual events like Shakespeare in Clark Park or the Woodland Avenue Reunion have been canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis.  Park buildings and restrooms are also closed for the time being.  But the playfields can be used for exercise, and lawns and walkways are open.  Philadelphia Parks and Recreation requests that park-users observe all the safety measures intended to stop the spread of the virus:

  –  Symptoms – Residents should stay home if they are showing any COVID-19 symptoms

  –  Face Masks – For the sake of others, wear masks and encouraging others to do so.

  –  Isolate – People who might be carrying the virus should stay safely away from others (ideally at home)

  –  Distance – Maintain a minimum of 6-feet of physical space when coming close to others.

  –  Reduce crowds – Minimize the number of people that group together.  

  –  Handwashing – Wash hands with soap and water (20 seconds)  before and after using the park.  

  –  Hand Sanitizers – If available, apply hand sanitizer liquids.

  –  Clean – Where possible, wipe off surfaces you may have touched.  

For updates on the use of Clark Park, volunteer or make donations, visit:  www.friendsofclarkpark.org   

(Information for this article was taken from a Friends of Clark Park release written by Ari Kessler dated July 25, 2020 – edited by Ted Behr; Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Inquirer)

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