Friends of Pennypack Park

Leave only foot prints, take only memories.

Pennypack Park is one of many parks throughout the City of Philadelphia under the management of the Fairmount Park Commission. Established in 1905 by an ordinance to insure the protection of Penypack Creek and the preservation of the surrounding land. The combined parks total about 8900 acres and constitute one of the largest landscaped parks systems in the country. Pennypack, in the Far Northeast, covers approximately 1600 acres and is composed of woodlands, meadows and wetlands. Naturalists John James Audubon and Alexander Wilson spent many hours along the banks of the Pennypack Creek which runs through the park from Pine Road all the way to the Delaware River. The park provides playgrounds, hiking and bike trails as well as bridle paths for horse back riding. An adjunct to the Park is the Pennypack Environmental Center on Verree Road which is also under the management of the Fairmount Park Commission as is the Fox Chase Farm on Pine Road.

Many historic structures are still intact throughout Pennypack Park. In 1697, the Pennypack Bridge, one of the oldest stone bridges still in use in the United States, was built on King's Highway, now known as Frankford Avenue. The Pennypack Baptist Church, another of the Park's historic sites, was built in 1688. The Verree House on Verree Road was the site of a raid by British troops during the Revolutionary War. The trained eye can rediscover abandoned railroad grades, remnants of early mills, mill races and other reminders that generations of mankind have gathered in the "Green Heart" of Northeast Philadelphia.

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Friends Foto

 

Friends Boutique   T-shirts, hats, bags with FOPP logo.  Order form.

 
Every Month, we'll be bringing you a new picture from someplace in our park. We hope to bring impressions of your favorite spots, along with places you may want to futher investigate on your own (Click on the Thumbnail picture or link).
Recycling Center & Cleanup Corner
Recycling Schedule, and participation tips.

Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Schedule

Cleanup Schedule

Plastic by the Numbers. What those codes are about.

FreeCycle - Give away items you don’t need anymore.

Recycling Videos. Information and Tips to help us "Green".

Earth 911 - Nation’s “one-stop” web portal for community recycling.


History and Knowledge:

The FOPP FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions Those wonderful summertime concerts in the park and they're FREE!
Music Festival Schedule

PennyPack Park FOPP Indian Years Mills & Industry
Holmesburg Beginnings The Bridge The Toll House Frankford Avenue - The Kings Hwy
"The Train Lover"  Remember 9/11/01 A Hundred Years & People

Happy Birthday to our bridge!

The Holmesburg Bridge spanning the Pennypack creek at US 13, Frankford Avenue, turned 300 years old in 1997. That makes it the oldest stone arch bridge still carrying traffic in the United States. It is almost certain that even George Washington crossed this bridge during the several trips he made in the area. A birthday party was held, Saturday, October 25, 1997.

Celebration Chairman, Harvey Cantor, provided this review of that days ceremonies and contributors.


Next Monthly Meeting:
FOPP ANNUAL PICNIC
THURSDAY, JULY 17, 6:30 P.M.
AT THE PENNYPACK PARK ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER,

Members Only page. On-Line Newsletter & other M.O. documents (Requires logon).

Sample Newsletter - Get an idea of what the FOPP does ( Current members, see how convenient and clean the on-line Newsletter is! )

Become an active member today and help us to reach our goals;

Membership information and application.

Two wonderful ways to Honor or Memorialize someone, or to Celebrate a special event!:
"Sponsor a Tree"
You can even attend the planting!
Reforestation Fund
A distinctive card will be sent and your contribution benefits reforestation

The Official FOPP telephone; (215) 934-PARK

Official FOPP EMail address;FriendsPennypack@comcast.net


Favorite FOPP Links:


Park Maps & Regulations:

OverView Map Bike Map Bike Rules
Detail Map (Excellent, but BIG 167k) "Old" Map (1946) Greenway brochure & map (1600k)

Join us in saluting our Trees & Trails Committee:

The most active and visible FOPP function in the Park. They are either working on the trails or planting trees. They are the eyes and ears of the FOPP. The "Crew" clocks 100's of hours each month and they have been called on to make recommendations on what work should been done in the Pennypack with the William Penn Foundation grant. Follow This link to learn more.

Become a Part of Pennypack History

Currently, a committee of members are writing a comprehensive history book on the first 100 years of Pennypack Park. However, the success of this book depends on the personal remembrances of the park users like you. One area, for example, is the seven swimming holes, the boating, the events of the riding clubs, riding the trolley through the park on the Bustleton Line, or life in the park before the vast development of the parks.

Also, if you have any pictures we could borrow to scan, we would appreciate any contributions.

You can contact Harvey Cantor through the park phone 215-934-PARK, or by e-mail at Friendspennypack@comcast.net.

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