PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Thousands of volunteers hit parks and recreation centers all across the city Saturday for the annual ‘LOVE Your Park’ Fall Service Day.
A small orange shirt wearing army raked leaves, cleaned up trash, painted swings, benches and fountains, while others dug holes to plant new trees.READ MORE: DA Larry Krasner Partners With 4 Organizations On New Initiative To Fight Gun Violence In West/Southwest Philadelphia
The Fall Service day is when these programs are at their most visible.
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Executive Director of the Fairmount Conservancy, Jamie Gauthier, says the work never stops.
“It’s also connected to a year-round effort where residents are really out in their communities taking care of their parks, doing fun programming, and engaging their neighbors in their park,” she said.
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Gauthier was also proud to announce a new nearly $3.3-million grant from the Knight Foundation which will help the groups involved with community engagement and outreach.