News & Events

2017- Capital Project- Irrigation/Sprinkler System

Dear Supporter,

I hope this finds you well and that your summer is off to an enjoyable start!  In 2006, we began work to transform a nondescript vacant lot into a formally recognized park with the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Since its completion in 2013, the Park remains a beautiful, safe and peaceful area for friends and neighbors to gather. 

While our mural was removed last summer, we remember Julian Abele as a Philadelphia native and the first African-American to graduate from Penn’s School of Architecture.  A world-renowned architect, he designed the famous chapel at Duke University and much of our own Philadelphia Museum of Art. He was also a long-term resident of our neighborhood, and raised his family here. Our park bears his name for all these reasons and designed to be a gathering place for the diverse Graduate Hospital community.  Whether we come together to enjoy concerts, movie nights or family occasions, this peaceful urban green space is a unique and important place in our Graduate Hospital neighborhood.

The Park is maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers who produce the Summer Concert Series and organize the many social and upkeep events throughout the year.  Since the Park was renovated in 2013, there have been no major capital improvements other than the installation of the bike racks last summer.  Now, the Friends launch a fundraising campaign to raise $8,000 to install a sprinkler system that will keep the lawn healthy all summer to withstand the myriad activities that wear the grass, as well as to keep up appearances.  The City of Philadelphia has agreed to maintain the sprinkler system, we just need to get it installed. 

As a neighbor and friend of Julian Abele Park, your generous gift in any amount will not only help us complete this work, but will also help secure the continued vitality of our neighborhood.  The Friends of Julian Abele Park is a registered 501(c)3 and you will receive an acknowledgement for your tax purposes.  All donations are tax deductible.  To support our work, please visit  For more information and updates on the Park, please visit us at and we also encourage you to “Like” us on Facebook  The Friends of Julian Abele Park meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7PM.  All are welcome to attend the meetings that occur in the Park during the summer months and at SOSNA’s office at 19th and Christian the rest of the year. 

Thank you in advance for your very kind consideration. If you have any questions regarding your potential support or any other Park-related matter, I am always happy to speak with you directly.


Cliff Eyler, President

Friends of Julian Abele Park

Postponed: Friends of Julian Abele Park Mtg

We will be moving the monthly meeting from Tuesday July 4th to Tuesday July 11th (following week). We will be meeting at the Park at 7 PM. Bring your own chair and find out what’s scheduled for the rest of the Summer. Hope to see you there. In the meantime, go forth and enjoy the Fourth of July; Welcome America and Happy Birthday USA!

Music & Mist: Friday July 7th 6:15-8:00 PM

Need some more Summer fun after the 4th? Come join us for the Music & Mist Summer Concert Series at Julian Abele Park! It’s fun for the whole family. Bring a blanket, cooler, chairs and enjoy the free entertainment.
This Friday July 7th concert will feature singer-songwriter and multi-intrumentalist Jeff Pettit, who will perform his original songs on a diverse set of instruments, including sax, flute, guitar, keyboards, electronics, and loops.
We’ll also have food & drinks from Los Camaradas and ice cream from Bright Yellow Creamery…
Music & Mist Summer Concert Complete Series Dates:
June 9 – mighty FlipSide (Darien Fripps)
Note: June 23rd concert re-scheduled to August 18th
July 7 – Jeff Pettit
July 14 – Douglas Gillin
July 28 – Alex & the Kaleidoscope
August 11 – Jay Epstein w/ Arnie Krakowsky
August 18 – Las Palabras
August 25 – Gretchen Elise
Sept 8 – Kamara (Eddie Kamarauskas)
Special thanks to our sponsors Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation;, SOSNA,  Real Estate With Heart and

Sprinklers for Julian Abele Park

We are raising money for a sprinkler system for Julian Abele Park. Help us keep the grass green and our park looking beautiful. Please donate today!

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Friends of Julian Abele Park: Events Tues 6/2 & Fri 6/9 2017

Tuesday June 6 2017, 7 PM- Friends of Julian Abele Park

We’ll be meeting at the park. Join us as we discuss progress on our planning and programming.

Don’t forget our “Music and Mist” series begins THIS FRIDAY June 9 from 6:15- 8:00 PM….

Philly’s own DJ Mighty Flipside (Darien Fripps) will host “Let’s Rock Recess”, a DJ Dance Party for kids of all ages. “Let’s Rock Recess” is focused on getting kids healthier by making them more active, through fun activities and dancing.

We’ll also have food & drinks from Los Camaradas and ice cream fromBright Yellow Creamery!

See you at the park!

Summer Music is coming….

Summer music is coming…..testing out our misting system last night….and here’s a link to one of our new sponsors, BrightYellowCreamery…..

“Love Your Park” wrapup Sunday May 14th 2017

“Love Your Park” cleanup and composting event 5.14.2017…..

Thank you! to our volunteers for rescheduling themselves to join us….while the weather didn’t cooperate on Saturday, it did on Sunday. We redistributed two enormous piles of compost to cover over the weeds in the beds, cut and and trimmed trees and shrubs and picked up a little trash….we think Julian Abele Park looks just about ready for our Summer 2017 music series……

“Love Your Park” Event May 13th- RESCHEDULED

“Love Your Park” Event- RESCHEDULED!

Since the rain is going to be heavy and persistent on Saturday May 13th, we are shifting the “Love Your Park” event to SUNDAY MAY 14th from 10 AM to Noon. We’d love to see you there if you can make it.

Previewing “Love Your Park”- Saturday May 13th 10 AM-Noon

One week to go before the formal “Love Your Park” Saturday May 13th, 10 AM to Noon. Thanks to Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation for providing this great banner!
One of the things you’ll see this week will be two large piles of compost on the sidewalks around the park- next Saturday we will be putting them on the beds in an effort to control the weeds.
Hope you can help us out!

May 2nd Friends Meeting & May 13th “Love Your Park”

The Friends of Julian Abele Park will be holding their next monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 2nd, at 7 PM at Julian Abele Park (weather permitting!). Now that it’s getting warmer, and it’s light, later, we will be shifting meetings to the Park, through September 2017.

Our volunteers did a great job in our re-planting day in March and the trees we put in are leafing nicely. Thanks to everyone- and thanks to our November “Love Your Park” volunteers, too- all of the daffodils, tulips, and crocuses came from that work day.

On our agenda in May: updates to grant requests, permitting for park events and of course our Summer Music Series. If you don’t know about it, here are the dates (all Fridays) and perfomers:

June 9 – Darien Fripps (DJ, Dance Party for Kids & Adults)
June 23 – Chris Funari from ArtOfficial (DJ, Funk Band)
July 14 – Dug Gillin (singer-songwriter)
July 28 – Alex & The Kaleidoscope (interactive kids? show)
August 11 – Jay Epstein w/ Arnie Krakowsky (jazz)
August 25 – Gretchen Elise (neo-soul, R&B)
Sept 8 – Open for now

May 13th is “Love Your Park”, from 10 AM to Noon; we have a lot of compost to move and lots of weeds to pull, so come over and help us spruce up the park for Summer.

Hope to see you soon!