Plenty of fun in the park this summer

Fun in the sun: Guided tours of the trails that cut through Ta­cony Creek Park will be held throughout the sum­mer. MARIA POUCH­NIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

The Tookany/Ta­cony-Frank­ford Wa­ter­shed Part­ner­ship will be giv­ing away free wa­ter ice and pret­zels on Wed­nes­day even­ings this month along with in­form­a­tion about the creek that skirts the Lower North­east. TTF also will con­duct guided tours of the trails that cut through Ta­cony Creek Park.

The non­profit ded­ic­ated to restor­ing the urb­an stream is billing the 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. events as “block parties,” even though the parties will be miss­ing the blocks.

“The idea is,” said Alix Howard, TTF’s edu­ca­tion and out­reach dir­ect­or, “that we want people to re­claim their park. It’s kind of over­run with ATVs and shady be­ha­vi­or.”

A trail runs along the Ta­cony Creek, which even­tu­ally be­comes the Frank­ford Creek. There is no trail along the creek as it goes un­der the Roosevelt Boulevard, Howard said, but the city is plan­ning to put one in.

The TTF events also will be “com­munity re­source fairs,” Howard said, and will be sponsored by Phil­adelphia’s De­part­ment of Parks and Re­cre­ation; the Scat­ter­good Found­a­tion; the Phil­adelphia Wa­ter De­part­ment; the Phil­adelphia Re­cyc­ling Re­wards pro­gram; The Cir­cuit, a non­profit pro­ponent of trail net­works; the Bi­cycle Co­ali­tion of Great­er Phil­adelphia; Keep Phil­adelphia Beau­ti­ful; the Ju­ni­ata Ac­tion Com­mit­tee; the Fair­mount Park Con­servancy; and the Stu­dent Con­ser­va­tion As­so­ci­ation.

TTF’s Ju­ly parties will be at:

• Fish­ers Lane and Ra­mona Av­en­ue on Ju­ly 17;

• Whi­taker Ave and Loud­on Street on Ju­ly 24;

• Rorer Street and the Boulevard on Ju­ly 31.

For more in­form­a­tion, call Howard at 215-744-1853 or send her an email at alix@ttfwa­ter­ ••

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