Tuesday, January 14, 2014

McMichael Park

McMichael Park is located within the East Falls section of Philadelphia. The park is right on Henry Avenue and close to the Allegheny West area. The park was established in 1929, but before that, the land was used as headquarters for Lafayette during the American Revolution according to the East Falls History website. The park is named after Morton McMichael (1807-1879), who was the first President of the Fairmount Park Commission in 1867, the Mayor of Philadelphia in 1866, the publisher of the North American newspaper, and the founder of the Union League of Philadelphia. Now, the park's upkeep is maintained by the East Falls Friends of McMichael Park and the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department. 

If you enjoy local community events...

  • The Friends of the park host local events ranging from Candlelight Carol Singing to volunteer work in order to keep the park's grounds clean and green. 
  • According to this Newsworks article, the park just had it's 25th annual Christmas Caroling event!   
  • The park is also home to an annual flea market that includes over 100 vendors. 
  • During the summer, the Friends put together a free week show of Shakespeare Theater in the park. 

 If you enjoy minimalist details...

  •  The park includes a large war memorial, a small turtle statue, a variety of trees, and a few park benches. 
  • The park is great to take your dog or children, but you need to look out for the fast-paced traffic on Henry Avenue. 
  • The rest of the square is surrounded by large East Falls houses, which are also visually pleasing
  • It's also great for college students to have a chance to get away from their hectic schedule and relax in the green space. 

 If you like to volunteer...

  • The Friends gather local volunteers to take part in LOVE Your Park, which is a collaborative partnership between Philadelphia Parks & Rec and the Fairmount Park Conservancy to promote Friends groups across the Philly area and help conserve and maintain the green space

If you would like to keep up with the EF Friends of McMichael Park events, 
you can like their Facebook page here!  


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