Friends of Matthias Baldwin Park Accomplishments

What do the Friends of Matthias Baldwin Park do? The lists below describe the big ticket items that have been done or are ongoing. In addition, and probably this is our main accomplishment, we fight entropy! We help preserve and maintain the Park through actions that occur often behind the scenes. For examples, see Friends Fighting Entropy article here.

 

Current Projects:​

  • Design and install large signs to better identify the Park

  • Update the tree inventory

  • Obtain tree identification tags

  • Continue to lobby the city to install a Stop Sign and curb cuts at corner of 19th & Hamilton Streets. Pedestrian signs are up as of 2019.

 

Recent Accomplishments:

  • Celebrated reaching  a new high in membership households: 117 members in the Friends group as of November 2020. This is 100 more than just four years ago.

  • Recovered stolen center arms on all 27 benches in the Park, cleaned the benches, and replaced the center arms; September through November 2020

  • Paid $3600 for new plantings in the landscaped beds in August 2020

  • In July 2020, the City informed the Friends group that the financial responsibility for maintaining the irrigation system fell no longer to the City, but to the Friends. The initial expense for immediately needed repairs was $1,200, with continuing expenses every year.

  • June 12, 2020: The Friends group President commented in an Inquirer article about the defacing of the Baldwin statue at City Hall

  • Petitioned for and take responsibility for care of five new trees along 19th Street, April 2020

Past Accomplishments:

  • Celebrated the 224th birthday of Matthias Baldwin 12/5/19 after monthly meeting

  • Helped celebrate the dedication of the new Baldwin Locomotive Works mural 11/14/19

  • Hosted our second annual Howloween Dog Costume Parade, October 26, 2019

  • Hosted Movie Night in the Park, August 29, 2019, 

  • Crosswalks across 19th Street advocated by Friends: completed August 2019

  • Purchased and replaced 19 of 21 trash can liners in the Park and meticulously removed all trash and food from under the steel containers in August 2019

  • Paid $6,000 for new plantings in the landscaped beds in August 2019

  • Nearly complete tree identification, July 2019, posted to website

  • Hosted very successful Parks on Tap June 26-30, 2019

  • Hosted Paint the Mural Day June 1, 2019

  • Free neighborhood Scavenger Hunt May 18, 2019

  • A very successful April 2019 membership drive doubled our membership

  • Matthias Baldwin birthday celebration December 6, 2018

  • Howl-oween 2018 on October 28: costumed dog parade

  • Successfully lobbied for crosswalk signs at 19th and Hamilton Streets, September 2018

  • Hosted "Parks on Tap" on June 6 – 10, 2018 and Friends of Baldwin Park picnic

  • Updated the Park brochure to include the website and membership form

  • Hosted a very successful and popular “Parks on Tap” on June 7 – 11, 2017

  • Installed a Doggie Bag Dispenser (2017)

  • Contacted the Department of Health to control the rodent problem in the park (2017)

  • Installed pamphlet dispensers for Baldwin Park brochure (2017)

  • Submitted signed petitions to city for installation of Stop Sign, crosswalk and curb cuts at corner of 19th & Hamilton Streets (2016)

  • Hosted Matthias Baldwin Park Rededication Ceremony May 19, 2016

  • Worked with Parks & Recreation on obtaining new benches, lighting and wall repair from the North X Northwest developers, Forest City Development and M&T Bank (2016)

 

Past Milestones:

  • Reach the century mark in total members for the first time: total of 100 in August 2020

  • 2018 Established Friends of Baldwin Park website 

  • 2012 Established Facebook Page for the Friends of Matthias Baldwin Park

  • 2010 Lobbied City Hall to change park name to Matthias Baldwin Park

  • 2009 Obtained Pennsylvania Historic Marker for Matthias Baldwin Locomotive Works

  • 2007 Established the Friends of Franklin Town Park

Matthias Baldwin Park 

423 N 19th St 

Philadelphia, PA 19130

Friends of Matthias Baldwin Park is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to preserve the Matthias Baldwin Park

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