Our 5th Anniversary!
Friends of Glen Providence Park first met on July 14, 2011 at Seven Stones Café in Media. We organized in response to the threat to the north end of the park by the reconstruction of Broomall’s Dam, and we continue to advocate to minimize damage to the park’s wetlands, wildlife and plants. Our activities quickly expanded to nature walks, citizen science, plantings and more, and we’ve tallied some of our accomplishments from the past 5 years…
Friends of Glen Providence Park by the numbers:
- Monthly nature walks and volunteer events since September 2011, including:
- 12 park cleanups
- Annual planting days since 2012, with 150 native trees, shrubs, and perennials planted
- Invasive plant removal: over 250 bags cleared from along the trails
- Citizen Science: over 200 plant and wildlife species documented, including 19 reptiles & amphibians, 126 birds, and 54 trees
- Extensive historical research: compiled in 27 articles on our website, and counting!
- Concerts: After clearing the historical concert stage at our first volunteer event, we have presented 12 free community concerts since 2012 – with 3 more performances scheduled this summer
- Photography: over 900 wildlife, plant, scenery, historical, and event photographs on Facebook, and hundreds on our website – including a seasonal photojournal since August 2011
- Communications: regular outreach and education about the park on our website, and to our 750 facebook fans and 380 newsletter subscribers
- Countless volunteer hours!
We are all-volunteer nonprofit organization, and all of our events are free and family-friendly. Our mission is “to preserve and enhance the natural and historical resource of Delaware County’s oldest park, founded in 1935 as a bird sanctuary and arboretum.” Last year, we celebrated the 80th anniversary of Glen Providence Park with the grandchildren of park founders George and Eleanor Butler!
You can find out more about all of our activities by exploring the Menu, Categories, and Tags on our website – including Annual Reports full of photos documenting our activities.
A special thank you to Delaware County Parks & Recreation for their support of our activities and efforts in Glen Providence Park, and for all they do to maintain the 600+ acres of Delaware County parks.
Thank you to all who have followed us through our website, facebook, and newsletter; attended our events; joined our committees; attended Borough meetings; lent their expertise; volunteered; led our nature walks; and even donated to support our efforts.
We are happy to see so much community support for Glen Providence Park!
Stephanie Gaboriault, President
Marcia Tate, Vice President
Holly Hoffmann, Treasurer
Shannon Davidson, Secretary
Dylan Atkins, Board of Directors
Lisa Johnson, Board of Directors
Rick Sleutaris, Board of Directors
Annual Report links:
Also sent as a Letter to the Editor in July 2016.