Spring Schedule in Morris Park

The snow has melted and the birds are returning.  Get ready for spring work days in Morris Park!

We typically work on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and meet at the guardhouse at 66th Street and Sherwood Road at 10 a.m. Volunteers should wear long sleeves, pants and sturdy shoes.  We have gloves and tools.



You can find a complete schedule of work days and events here


Scary Stories in Morris Park October 30

Celebrate Halloween with venerate storyteller Vernyce Dannells on October 30. All-ages stories will be told at 6 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. at the clearing at 66th and Woodcrest Avenue

At 7 p.m. we will take our flashlights and walk down to the quarry for an older-kids-only tale (older kids = the age you think your kids can handle a good scare). Older kids should bring flashlights and wear long pants and sturdy shoes for a seriously scary good time!

Image woods at twilight


What: Scary stories

Where: 66th Street and Woodcrest Avenue

When: Friday, October 30 at 6pm, 6:30pm and 7pm flashlight walk down to the quarry.

What to bring: flashlight, sturdy shoes, and comfortable weather-appropriate clothes.

Morris Park Fundraiser Sunday, September 20

You are invited to attend the release party for Morris Park Pale, a beer brewed by Tired Hands Brewing Company, on Sunday, September 20 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The proceeds from every glass of Morris Park Ale sold will benefit the Friends of Morris Park.  The event will feature Morris Park Pale Ale (and other beverages), a raffle, and live music.  It’s pay as you go, so bring your friends!

Fern field
When: Sunday, September 20 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Tired Hands Fermentaria, 35 Cricket Terrace, Ardmore, PA (7 min. ride from Overbrook on the regional rail)

If you cannot attend but would like to contribute, we gratefully accept donations online at: http://friendsofmorrispark.org/donate/, or go to Tired Hands and ask for Morris Park Ale – the proceeds from every glass sold will benefit the Friends of Morris Park, but Tired Hands beers sell out quickly, so make sure to go the week of the 20th!

Fantastic Spring Celebration in Morris Park

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Spring Celebration.  We had more than a hundred members of the community attend with many happy children.  Everyone had a great time–I have never seen so many smiles in the park.  We met a lot of new neighbors and future friends.

Thanks to Luscious Bakery for the sweet treats.  Thanks to Sue Carmody and Ted Greenburg from the Overbrook Farms Club for spending two hours stuffing all those eggs!  Thanks to Stephanie Kindt for putting on the egg hunt. Thanks to Councilman Jones for his support through the Activities Fund grant to make this and other events in our Concert Series possible.


MLK Day of Service in Morris Park

Fence repair

Thanks to the great volunteers who joined the Friends of Morris Park for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service!

Volunteers worked to repair the fence along 66th Street where a number of fence rails had had been lost due to rot or fallen trees.  Since the original railroad ties are no longer available in the parks system, the FMP used invasive Norway maples to create new fence rails for the community.

This fence boarders an area the FMP has focused on for the past two seasons.  We have removed invasive underbrush, shored up the hillside erosion by erecting fachines, and planted hundreds of native plants and flowers and dozens of trees.

If you would like to join the Friends of Morris Park for a workday when the regular season resumes, please visit www.friendsofmorrispark.org/schedule to see our upcoming schedule.

Concert Series: West Philadelphia Orchestra Nov. 23


West Phila Orchestra

West Philalphia Orchestra

The West Philadelphia Orchestra will be playing a processional through Morris Park on Sunday, November 23 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

We will meet at 66th and Woodcrest AND at Papa Playground.  The Balkan Dance group will proceed through the trails of Morris Park and meet up at the quarry for an all-out music extravaganza!

You can see a performance of the Balkan dance music here:  http://youtu.be/a1vuvabgWdU



More information on the concert series is available at: http://friendsofmorrispark.org/schedule/concert-series/

Don’t forget about the free hatha yoga every Sunday from 12 to 1 p.m. at 66th and Woodcrest!

Georgie Bonds to Play the Ice Cream Cocktail Social Fundraiser

We are pleased to announce Georgie Bonds will be performing fantastic blues tunes at the event

You can be a Friend of Morris Park by supporting work to restore trails, improve entrances, rebuild the “Little Sherwood” bridge, and beautify the guardhouse.  We need your support to continue this important work.

Join us for live music, Franklin Fountain ice cream, inventive cocktails, and a great time!

When: Sunday, September 28 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.Morris Park ice cream social
Where: St. Katherine’s Hall, 6399 Drexel Road

You can contribute at one of the following levels:
$25 Chipmunk level
$50 Turtle level
$100 Blue Heron level

Supporters will each receive a pin to proudly display your animal of choice!

Tickets are available to purchase here. Get your tickets today!


The Friends of Morris Park is a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer organization that has transformed Morris Park into an accessible natural urban oasis.  We maintain 147 acres of natural woodland and trails that is a place for recreation, learning, and community-building.  Since its inception, the Friends of Morris Park have removed debris and abandoned cars, constructed and reconstructed all of the trails in Morris Park, removed tens of thousands of invasive plants, and planted thousands of native species to make Morris Park the place we all love today.

Car in Park

Car in Morris Park circa 2004