The Hunting Park Fall Festival & Community Garden Dedication on Saturday, October 15this a celebration of the Hunting Park Community Garden and Farmers’ Market, two healthy eating and active living programs that have recently launched in the park. It is also the kick off for Philadelphia Food Day, the city’s two-week programming opportunity two celebration Philadelphia’s food and farming resources.
Community Garden Dedication: 11 a.m.
· Mayor Michael Nutter will join the Fairmount Park Conservancy and dozens of community residents and community groups for the dedication of Hunting Park’s new 11,000 square foot community garden.
· Vicious Victory drill team and drum line will rally event attendees and start off the community garden dedication ceremony with a performance.
· Program speakers will conduct a ceremonial planting to formally dedicate the garden.
· Representatives from the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, The Food Trust, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Citizens Bank Foundation, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and local community group Hunting Park United will provide remarks.
· Vicious Victory drum line will lead a procession to the Hunting Park Farmers’ Market after the dedication ceremony.
Fall Festival: Following the Community Garden Dedication
· Mayor Nutter will conduct a shopping trip at the Farmers’ Market for fresh and affordable nutritious foods.
· There will be fun family-oriented activities including dance demonstrations, games, a sports station with the Hunting Park Aztecs football team, music and more.
WHO: -City of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter
-Michael DiBerardinis, Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources
-Dr. Donald Schwarz, Health Commissioner and Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity
-Kathryn Ott Lovell, Executive Director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy
-John Weidman, Deputy Executive Director of The Food Trust
-Henri Moore, Citizens Bank Foundation
-Catalina Hunter, Community Member
-Maitreyi Roy, PHS Vice President of Programs
-State Representative Tony Payton
-Vicious Victory drill team to perform
-Dozens of community members and stakeholders from Hunting Park
WHEN: Saturday, October 15th (rain date is Saturday, October 22nd)
Community Garden Dedication: 11 a.m.
Fall Festival Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE: -Community Garden: Northwest corner of park near the intersection of Old York Road and the Roosevelt Boulevard
-Hunting Park Farmers Market: Hunting Park Avenue and Old York Road
Directions from Center City to the Hunting Park Community Garden:
· Start out going north on N Juniper St/PA 6-11 North toward Commerce Street.
· Turn left onto John F Kennedy Blvd/PA-611 N. Continue to follow John F Kennedy Blvd.
· Turn right onto Schuylkill Ave/PA-3W
· Merge onto I-76 W toward Valley Forge
· Keep right to take US-1 N/Roosevelt Expy via EXIT 340B toward Roosevelt Blvd.
· Take the exit toward Wingohocking Street/Ninth Street.
· Turn slight left onto US-13 N/Roosevelt Expy. Continue to follow Roosevelt Expy.
· Take the 1st right onto W. Wingohocking St.
· Take the 1st right onto N. 9th Street.
· Take the 1st right onto E. Cayuga Street.
· Turn right to stay on E. Cayuga Street.
· Follow loop road until the community garden is on your left.
Mayor’s Press Secretary
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
The Farmers’ Market is made possible thanks to the support of: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, The Convergence Partnership of the Tides Foundation; and the Philadelphia Department of Health.
The Community Garden is made possible thanks to the support of: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, The Convergence Partnership of the Tides Foundation; Citizens Bank Foundation; City of Philadelphia; Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez; Councilman Darrell L. Clarke; the Philadelphia Water Department; ThinkGreen, LLC; Energy Coordinating Agency; and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.