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Dear Watershed Partners,


It's fall planting time, and TTF is busier than ever! Last month, we held a

successful ribbon-cutting event at Clearview Community Park and a major clean-up in Jenkintown while continuing our restoration efforts at Vernon Park and in and around Tacony Creek Park.  


This month, we are pleased to announce that Vernon Park has been chosen as the signature site for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation's LOVE Your Park: Fall Edition. We'll also be hosting a "Love Your Watershed" Event in Tacony Creek Park and planting a riparian buffer with Cedarbrook Middle School students.


Plus, we've got suggestions for those of you who want to do a little native planting of your own. Read on to learn more -- and don't forget to check our list of upcoming events!


Vernon ParkWe are honored to announce that Vernon Park will be the signature site for the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation LOVE Your Park: Fall Edition event on Saturday, November 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. At this event, we will complete and celebrate our rain garden installation. More details about this event appear below and on our Events page.          

As part of our Vernon Park Improvement Effort, TTF has convened seven stakeholder meetings with over 20 community and citywide organizations, eight clean-up and gardening days with 200 volunteers, and two well-attended community meetings. Our collaborative work has led to a renewal of interest and involvement in Vernon Park. 


We are asking watershed stakeholders for contributions as we set out to raise additional funds for completion and maintenance of this project. These funds will match the considerable resources that have already been contributed by many of our partners and will support the costs of installation, including such items as splash pads, trench gates and drains, and diversion piping.  


To contribute to the effort, please consider donating here.   


We hope to continue to inspire and mobilize the Germantown community around greening and stormwater management efforts, in order to keep Vernon Park as the "Emerald of Germantown!" Want to join the effort? See below for information on our Every Other Wednesday clean-ups.     


PWD Commissioner Howard Neukrug, Reverend Chester Williams, Terry Johnson, TTF Board President Gerry Kauffman and Sylvia

Did you miss our Clearview Community Park Ribbon-Cutting ceremony last month? You can see it online! On September 17, dozens of neighbors, stakeholders and community leaders came out for a fantastic ribbon-cutting event at our newly-planted Clearview Community Park, a former vacant lot turned native garden in Germantown. After an inspiring dedication ceremony, we toured Belfield Avenue, Germantown's first Green City, Clean Waters green street! The event was covered in this great article from Mt. Airy Patch and you can see photos and video on our website and on our Flickr page. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this project such a great success!   



On October 22, TTF is hosting the first of our monthly "Love Your Watershed" events along the Tacony Creek at the Thomas Scattergood Foundation on the Friends Hospital property (4641 Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia). These events will be chock full of resources for watershed stewards. Philadelphia residents can sign up for a FREE rain barrel or downspout planter! Enjoy activities for kids and tour improvements in Tacony Creek Park! For more information, see below or check out our Events page.


newsletter naming contest still on! 

TTF is looking for a name for our monthly newsletter and we want YOUR input! We've already received some great suggestions, but the TTF staff will not be choosing a winner until the end of the year. Keep sending your suggestions to Katie Donnelly at The creator of the winning name will win a beautiful Earthlust water bottle and a TTF bumper sticker!

It's Native plantING time! 

Red MapleFall is the ideal time for planting native plants -- especially trees and shrubs -- which help to manage stormwater and prevent flooding. Check out the following list of native trees and shrubs available in local nurseries!




Redbud (Cercis canadensis): tolerates wet to dry soil conditions; can tolerate some shade; bright pink flowers before leaves in late April; heart shaped leaves; brown seed pods July through December; red fall color.   


Red Maple (Acer rubrum): tolerates extreme wet and dry soil conditions and air pollution; red fall color.


Scarlet Oak (Quercus coccinea): prefers average to dry soils; needs sunny location; leaves persist into winter; scarlet fall color; high wildlife value.


Shadblow (Amelanchier canadensis): small tree that likes average to moist soil, but not flooded areas; very tolerant of shade; white flowers in April before leaves; fruit in June-July that has high wildlife value; orange to red fall color.


Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum): likes average soil and can tolerate some shade; golden orange fall color.    


Yellow Birch (Betula lutea): tolerates moist to well drained soil; most shade tolerant of all birches; bright yellow fall color; fruit has high value to songbirds.




Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis): tolerates wet to dry soils and flooding; very shade tolerant; white flowers in late June; edible fruit in fall; high wildlife value.


Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum): tolerates wet to dry soils and flooding; small white flowers in late June; edible fruit July through August depending on variety; high wildlife value.


Northern Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica):  semi-evergreen shrub that tolerates extremes of wet to dry soils and flooding; dried leaves stay on into winter; whitish-gray fragrant, fruit persists into winter; high wildlife value.   


Red-twigged Dogwood (Cornus sericea): tolerates wet to average soils; needs sunny location; white flowers in late May; red fall color; red twigs in winter; high wildlife value.


Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana): semi-evergreen shrub that likes wet to moist soils; white fragrant flowers late May-June; shade tolerant; reddish pink fruit in fall and winter.





October 11 & 20: Good Business Practices for Clean Water [Partner Events]
Save $$$ and increase your customer base by reducing water pollution and stormwater runoff at your business. The FREE workshops will cover:

  • Best housekeeping practices that reduce stormwater pollution: cleaning outside, storing materials, protecting the storm drain, vehicle washing, winter de-icing, spill control and more!
  • Best management practices that reduce stormwater volume: plant a tree, use rain barrels, plant a rain garden, plant a wildflower meadow, create a container garden and more!
  • How protecting the environment can save you money and attract more customers.

DATES AND TIMES: Tuesday, October 11 2011 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 20 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

PLACE: October 11: Elkins Park Free Library 563 E Church Rd, Elkins Park, PA; October 20: Rowland Community Center, 400 Myrtle Ave, Cheltenham, PA
CONTACT: Dottie Baumgarten at 215-870-5650 or  


October 12 & 26: Vernon Park Clean-Up
Volunteers are needed for our "Every Other Wednesday Clean-up" in Vernon Park! We will be cleaning up trash and gardening with the Philly Green Machine Project and the Chew and Belfield Neighbors Club.
DATE: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 and Wednesday, October 26, 2011
TIME: 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
PLACE: Meet at Vernon Park, 5800 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA
CONTACT: Lesley Saliga at 215-704-3859 or 


October 22: Love Your Watershed Day!
TTF is hosting a monthly "LOVE YOUR WATERSHED SERIES" along the Tacony Creek at the Friends Hospital property. These events will be chock full of resources for watershed stewards. Philadelphia residents can sign up for a FREE rain barrel or downspout planter! Enjoy activities for kids and tour improvements in the Tacony Creek Park!
DATE: Saturday, October 22, 2011
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
PLACE: Meet at 4641 Roosevelt Boulevard at the Thomas Scattergood Foundation on the Friends Hospital Property
CONTACT: Ashley Schmid at 


October 26: Philadelphia Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan Open House [Partner Event]
Do you walk or bike in Northeast Philly? Would you like a say in changes to sidewalk, intersection, or bicycle facilities?The Philadelphia City Planning Commission is working on a plan to make
it easier, safer and more appealing to walk and bike around the City. Please join us at an open house to see the draft recommendations and give your feedback.
DATE: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
PLACE: Juniata Park Older Adult Center, 1251 E. Sedgley Avenue, near Kensington Avenue
CONTACT: Visit or call 215.683.4643


Really like to plan ahead? Check out our online calendar for more amazing events next month and watch your inbox for the TTF November Newsletter!


Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc.
phone: 215-844-8100  email:  web:




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