Events

Saturday: Northern Liberties Spokesdog Competition

It's like awards season for dogs: Last weekend, Queen Village crowned Joey Bag-o-Donuts as its ambassadog, and this weekend, Northern Liberties will hold its judging and awards ceremony on Saturday, June 9 at 3:00 p.m. at Liberty Lands. Make a day of it—Liberty Lands is hosting a cook-off starting at noon, followed by the spokesdog contest and then a free music festival that begins at 4:00 p.m.

Take a look at the finalists that will walk the green carpet at Liberty Lands on Saturday.

King of Queen Village: Joey Bag-o-Donuts Takes Home QV Spokesdog Crown


Photo: Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

On Saturday, the Philadelphia Water Department and a panel of judges awarded the Philly Water's Best Friend title in Queen Village to ... Joey Bag-o-Donuts! The 32-pound Shiba Inu, described by owner Ellie Gibbard as a "world-class snuggler," took top honors among the contestants at Mario Lanza Park. Joey Bag-o-Donuts and his owner will assume the responsibility of teaching Philadelphians and their dogs how they can reduce the amount of harmful bacteria in our waterways by picking up pet waste.

Stay tuned for more photos from the contest.

Tomorrow: Queen Village Spokesdog Judging and Awards Ceremony

The wait is almost over—tomorrow, Saturday June 2 at 10 a.m. at Mario Lanza Park, Queen Village will crown its spokesdog. Join us for the judging, to be immediately followed by the awards ceremony and the grand opening of the Mario Lanza Park doggie doo composter! How apropos.

Happy Birthday, Green City, Clean Waters!

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No matter how many times we explain to the bakery that we want a cake shaped like a stormwater bumpout that reads "Happy First Anniversary of the Consent Agreement, Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan Update," they just seem confused.

Even our graphics guy is phoning it in. (Another baby animal photo? Really?).

Anyway, it was a year ago today that the Philadelphia Water Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection officially kicked off Green City, Clean Waters, the 25-year plan to manage Philadelphia's stormwater largely through green infrastructure.

The progress we've made in the first year is splashed all over this blog and website, and green stormwater management projects are starting to become visible all over the city.

Stay tuned for approximately 24 more years of Green City, Clean Waters working toward making Philadelphia the greenest city in America.

TTF Thursday: Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony

On Thursday May 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership will be hosting the first Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony and Reception at the Fairmount Waterworks Interpretive Center. The event will honor individuals and organizations who have mad a difference in the TTF watershed, PWD commissioner Howard Neukrug will be a featured speaker, and there will be a silent auction.

Reserve your spot at the awards ceremony.

The Philly 500: City Begins Speeding Toward 500 New Green Acres by 2015

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Last week, Mayor Nutter and city officials gathered with students and neighbors at William Dick Elementary School in North Philadelphia to kick off the Green 2015 Action Plan, an ambitious initiative to add 500 new acres of parkland. The news outlets tell the story:

Philadelphia Inquirer:

The partnership, which includes the Philadelphia Water Department, the city Department of Parks and Recreation, the Trust for Public Land, and the Mural Arts Program, hopes to locate at least a patch of parkland — grass, trees, perhaps a few park benches  — within a 10-minute walk of anywhere in the city.

Philadelphia Daily News:

The announcement kicks off the next phase of the “Green 2015” plan that “de-paves” many of these acres of concrete and green them. The benefits are numerous and long-term: a healthier population, and a more environmentally sound and beautiful city. The plan relies heavily on community input, and de-paving, greening and overseeing these new green spaces can actually help build community.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources:

"Today, a wide-reaching vision to link Philadelphia's young people to an outdoors environment is unveiled," [DCNR Deputy Secretary John] Giordano said at the school event. "And this vision hits the triple bottom line: improving environmental quality, neighborhood economic value, and the community's social fabric."

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Top Dogs: Queen Village and Northern Liberties Spokesdog Finalists Announced, Judging Ceremony Dates Set

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The online votes have been cast and tallied, and the 15 finalists in each neighborhood (Queen Village and Northern Liberties) have been announced! Visit the Philly Water's Best Friend page to see and learn more about the dogs who will be competing for the spokesdog title. The judging and awards ceremonies have been scheduled:

Queen Village: Saturday, June 2 at 10 a.m. Mario Lanza Park, 2nd and Queen streets

Northern Liberties: Saturday, June 9 at 3 p.m. Liberty Lands, 913-961 N. 3rd St.

Congratulations to the finalists and thank you to all the dogs and owners who participated in the online voting. Thousands of votes were cast—join us at one or both of the judging ceremonies as the competition heats up.

Get Ready to Love Your Park

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Love Your Park Week—a citywide celebration of Philadelphia's parks featuring service projects, events, activities and tours—kicks off on Saturday, May 12. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer on Saturday's service day at a park near you. A clean-up at Tacony Creek Park is just one of the sites where volunteers will be cleaning and greening; Mayor Nutter and Parks & Rec Commisssioner Michael DiBerardinis will be speaking after the cleanup.

Final Day to Vote for Your Favorite Spokesdog

Today is the final day to vote online for your favorite spokesdog. Vote for your favorite dog in Queen Village and Northern Liberties. The next phase of the Philly Water's Best Friend competition will be a judging and awards ceremony in each neighborhood in June. Details to come!

Life Imitates Art: Green City, Clean Waters Art Contest Ceremony and a Green Grant for Nebinger School

Come out to the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center today at 4:00 as we congratulate the winners of the 2012 Green City, Clean Waters art contest. More than 700 entries were received this year, as students illustrated the various ways in which our local waterways become polluted, and how we can work together to make them healthy. First-place drawings such as the one by Liana Spiro of Germantown Friends School (above) will be used in a year-round advertising campaign on buses and subways. View all the winners of the drawing and video contests here. Congratulations to the winners, and special thanks to our friends at the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary for organizing this contest.

But that's not all—in a case of life imitating art, students' depictions of how we restore our waterways will become a reality at George W. Nebinger Elementary School. The school, located at 6th and Carpenter streets in South Philadelphia, will be the center of an international model for green stormwater management and educational programming. Green infrastructure tools in the schoolyard (possibilities include porous play surfaces, rain gardens and stormwater planters) and on nearby streets will serve as an outdoor classroom and laboratory for the school's students. This project is a collaboration between the Philadelphia Water Department, the U.S. EPA and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary in tandem with the School District of Philadelphia. More details to come!

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