Powers Park is a simple park in Philadelphia's Port Richmond neighborhood that has been transformed into a beloved community feature by the people who care about it. Before local heroes John Wilson and John Kalicki created the Powers Park Conservancy in 2013, the park was neglected and marred by vandalism. Now, it's as pretty as a postcard, full of flower-laden planters and home to community events that are as friendly to four-legged family members as two-legged ones. Don't miss the annual Howl-O-Ween doggie costume contest and parade in October! Other seasonal events include spring Easter Egg hunts, summer movie screenings, and a tree-lighting ceremony in the winter.
The central feature of this 0.89-acre park is its well-maintained lawn. Bisected by brick walkways and shaded by mature trees, this expanse of soft grass makes Powers Park a pawsome spot for local dog owners. Just remember to return the love and labor that The Powers Park Conservancy has invested into the park by keeping your dog under control on a leash and cleaning up after them.
It makes sense that Powers Park rests in the shadow of the local library. It's a great place to bring a book and one of your dog's favorite chews and while away the afternoon on a bench or a blanket. It's not a bad place to bring a picnic, either. You can bring your own from home or stop by a local deli or market on the way. Just remember to stop and say hello and connect to community members. Half of the fun of this park is how much it brings neighbors together. If you start coming often, consider taking part in one of the park's service days. Be sure to bring your own water to share with your pup, and clean up bags.
If you're looking for a place to meet your neighbors, make some doggie friends, and feel the warmth of community, you'll love Powers Park.