Patterson Park needs donations, equipment, plants and more

Raise A Racquet Against Obesity: Kids can have fun playing in the “Battle Against Obesity” at the Patterson Park tennis courts, Linwood and Eastern avenues, on Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. rain or shine, with tennis drills and games, alternative fitness, nutrition tips, healthy snacks, free gifts and prizes. Info:

Leftover sports equipment? Soda bottles? Plants? don’t toss or recycle them yet. Patterson Park is interested in the following items for its upcoming programs. Donations can be dropped off at the white house (Lombard Street and and Patterson Park Avenue, inside the park) or all 410-276-3676. You can also email

Tennis Racquets: Friends of Patterson Park is seeking youth and adult size tennis racquets for its fall tennis program (tentative plans are to start that in September). Racquets don’t have to be new, just able to be used by someone who wants to learn tennis.

Youth Ice Skates: In anticipation of a youth ice skating program in Patterson Park this winter, the Friends are collecting youth ice skates to be donated to those who want to learn to skate. Any sizes, any styles are welcome.

Two-Liter Plastic Bottles: With the big Halloween parade coming up, the Friends are collecting 2-liter plastic bottles (the kind soft drinks come in) to be used as luminaria during the parade.

Plants: Hey, urban gardners! Patterson Park’s gardens will take extra plants. And since lots of rain leads to lots of plant growth, the Friends know there are some people out there who may have some extra plants that are looking for a good home. Donate those plants to the Friends, who will use them to fill in and freshen up gardens. Info on finding a new home for your plants:

What a Yarn: The Friends of Patterson Park is accepting donated yarn and knitting needles for a potential community knitting class to take place in the Rec Center. Those with either to donate can drop them drop by the white house from 10 am.-5 p.m. Info:, 410-276-3676.

Other park notes…
Weekly Walking Group: Patterson Park area’s walking group meets at the Pagoda on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. for a walk around the park. All welcome (adults, kids, babies in strollers, etc.) Info:, 410-276-3676.

by Mary Helen Sprecher

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