Friends of the Manayunk Canal (FMC), a local not-for-profit watershed organization annually holds numerous events that seek to enhance the community in proactive ways, including Dog Days of September (an educational event promoting responsible pet ownership), Historic and Environmental tours (professionally guided walks along the Towpath), Philadelphia Cares Day Clean Up (a local opportunity to pitch in to clean up Philadelphia) and Trunks for the 'Yunk Tree Planting Party (a day of helping out with Towpath restoration work followed by hanging out at the Manayunk Brewery).
Civic groups, like FMC, are also powerful tools for change and often give the community a collective voice during times of dissent. Friends of the Manayunk Canal has a long history of organizing and advocating for the responsible development of Venice Island, a sensitive island in the floodway of the Schuylkill River located between Manayunk Canal and the Schuylkill River. Keep checking this website and our "develop"ing news section to get the latest on developments proposals for Venice Island.
Friends of the Manayunk Canal is dedicated to the protection, restoration and preservation of the natural and historical resources of Venice Island, the Manayunk Canal and Fairmount Park's Towpath. It is our goal to promote and maintain our cultural resources through public education programs, community volunteerism and advocacy. We are committed to citizenry actions that respect and support the fundamental balance between cultural history, the natural environment and humanity.
President: Nicole Lick
Secretary and Webmaster: Nancy Parsons
Treasurer: Hal Schirmer
When we meet
|Annual Meeting:||First Thursday in April (contact for next meeting place and time)|
|Officer's Meetings:||First Tuesday of the month and as needed (contact for next meeting place and time)
|Mailing address:||FMC, 450 Shurs Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19128|
Our Geographic Areas of Interest
River banks & slopes
Public education programs
Preserve industrial archeology
Enhance recreational opportunities
Review zoning proposals and considerations for economic development
Some On-going and Short-term Goals
Long term goals