BARDASCINO PARK
10th & Carpenter Streets
The Friends of Bardascino Park www.bardascinopark.org
Bardascino Park, created on the former site of a community hospital in the early 1970s is a shady neighborhood oasis with a bocce court! The Friends of Bardascino Park formed in 1991, and in 1999 the group became a part of the Parks Revitalization Project, a collaborative partnership between the Department of Recreation and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Philadelphia Green. Roughly five years ago, the Friends Group started a Summer Bocce League. The 2009 league is now up to 32 teams: parent-child teams, women, men, no restrictions! Bocce League information can be found on the Friends website. The Friends also host free summer concerts at Bardascino Park, with three to four concerts a season, held on a mid-week evening. To get involved in helping to keep the park looking beautiful, contact the Friends through the web site.

BEL ARBOR COMMUNITY GARDEN
10th & Kimball Streets
www.belarbor.org
Not a public park, but a community asset just the same, Bel Arbor Community Garden is a quarter acre that provides 25 individual garden plots, a small orchard area, a perennial grasses and wildflower meadow, and a woods/thicket area. The area once comprised the rear portion of a large tract of land on the 1000 block of Washington Avenue that was left vacant after a six-story factory burned down in 1993. Determined neighborhood efforts led to the founding of a tree farm and a community garden on the lot. In 1999, the owner of the property donated the land on which both the garden/tree farm were located to the Neighborhood Gardens Association (NGA), a private, non-profit land trust dedicated to helping preserve community gardens. Open to the public whenever gardeners are present, the Bel Arbor garden has a very long wait list for any available plots, with priority given to residents within a five-block radius.

CIANFRANI PARK
8th & Fitzwater Streets
The Friends of Cianfrani Park www.cianfranipark.com
Cianfrani Park, located at the corner of Eighth and Fitzwater Streets, was created on the site of a demolished school over 30 years ago. With its lush plantings and tall shady trees, this city-owned park is a favorite escape. Local residents, organized as The Friends of Cianfrani Park actively maintain and plan for the park with the financial help of local businesses and government officials. Through the efforts of The Friends group, Cianfrani Park regularly hosts a flea market fundraiser in the fall, summer concert series showcasing local talent, and also a summer film series.

PALUMBO PARK
723 Catharine Street
Friends of Palumbo Park on Facebook
Not to be confused with Palumbo Recreation Center at 10th and Fitzwater Streets, Palumbo Park is a pocket-sized city-owned park located adjacent to Fleisher Art Memorial. It’s named in honor of the late Frank Palumbo, restaurateur, local celebrity, humanitarian and power broker. A Friends of Palumbo Park group recently organized to support the park and plan new benches, landscaping and a new mural. The group meets every third Thursday, normally at 6pm, at Fleisher Art Memorial. The Friends group and has received grants from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Community Design Collaborative (CDC) to help maintain and improve the park.

STARR GARDEN 
Between 6th and 7th Streets, south of Lombard Street
Friends of Starr Garden Park on Facebook
Starr Garden is located at the nexus of Bella Vista, Wash Sq West, Queen Village, and Society Hill.  It is the oldest playground in Philadelphia. It features a recreation center, two playgrounds, a large field, a picnic area, a basketball court, a fountain, murals and a sculpture.  Established trees allow for partial shade.