Philadelphia, PA - Friends of Rittenhouse Square recognized Earth Day by organizing an open community clean up in Philadelphia’s most historic park, Rittenhouse Square. Participants were provided with the tools needed to help get rid of trash around the park. As a unique thank you for individuals that come out to assist, participants were treated with special gifts, among them free frozen custard from The Shake Shack, located on 20th and Sansom Streets, and complimentary macarons from Sofitel Philadelphia.
Earth Day has been recognized since 1970, and symbolizes a day of community participation and beautification. Rittenhouse Square being one of the city’s most recognized public parks, was more then happy to welcome friends from all-around Philadelphia to help keep the park beautiful for the community to take pleasure in.
The Friends of Rittenhouse Square was created in 1976 to tackle the increasing gap between readily available city funding and the upkeep needs of Rittenhouse Square. With a mission to “preserve, protect, and beautify” the park, the Friends work in a public-private partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. The Friends fund and manage many programs and projects needed to sustain the Square. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Friends provide funding through membership, special events, private donations, sponsorships, and capital campaigns.