Welcome

Friends of High School Park

A non-profit volunteer organization whose mission is to create, manage, and preserve a viable 11+ acre native ecosystem within Cheltenham Township’s High School Park for the enjoyment and education of the community.

Wander through the winding upper meadow paths, and discover the demonstration gardens, a working rain garden, and a raised walkway and bird observation deck. Then, meander through the middle woodland area and down onto the stream banks of the Tookany Creek.

Our Gardens

Native Plants & Pollinators

Our Gardens

Native Plants & Pollinators

We concentrate on plants that have evolved here, they are well-adapted to our climate and are generally easy to care for once they are established. Many native perennials like less fertile soil and require the addition of little or no fertilizer.

Info & Events

Current & Upcoming

Welcome New Board Members!

The board of Friends of High School Park is delighted to welcome new members Michael Landis, Tammra Banner, Keith Snodgrass, and Ava Adames. We are grateful to community members who volunteer to help shepherd our organization from year to year. We also want to thank...

MLK Day of Service Sunday, January 15th 1-3pm

Volunteering starts early this year with the MLK Day of Service on Sunday, January 11th from 1-3pm.  Bring your favorite clippers and gloves and let's get started with clearing the invasive weeds in preparation for our new renovation project on the side of the meadow!...

2023 Winter Warm-Up Online Auction

Our Winter Fundraiser "Winter Warm-Up On-Line Silent Auction" will go live Sunday, January 29th at 5pm through Saturday, February 11th at 10pm.  Join in and help us reach our fundraising goal and bid on all kinds of items...vacation rentals, theater tickets, artwork,...

Our History

Founded in 1995 on the grounds of the Cheltenham High School plex.

Rebuilding & Development

Maintaining the Park

In 2007, at FHSP’s request, Cheltenham Township received a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. This enabled us to commission a detailed restoration plan for High School Park. High School Park is also built and maintained with input from FHSP volunteers, township personnel, business owners and other residents.

We’re a work in progress and you can help!

Planning that  became a reality…

Riparian Zone

Restoring the stream bank by reshaping the slope to redirect the water towards the center of the stream, and by replanting the shoreline with native shrubs, perennials and seed mixtures suited to this moist environment.

Entrances

Redesigning the entryway to the park to make it more inviting, informative, and associated with the business corridor and nearby SEPTA train station

Signage & Lighting

Providing permanent and attractive educational signage throughout the park and Installing night sky-sensitive lighting that enhances safety and security.

Culture

Arts in Our Park

Annual Festival

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Arts in the Park is a one-day arts festival sponsored by Friends of High School Park, and held at High School Park in the heart of Elkins Park, PA .

Join us in a natural “theater” for our outdoor music series, summertime artist installations, and annual arts festival