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Clark Park is a city-owned park in the Spruce Hillmarker section of West Philadelphia. It is bordered by 43rd and 45th Streets, and by Baltimore and Woodland Avenues. Clark Park was established in 1894 on land donated to the city by prominent banker Clarence Howard Clark.


During the American Civil War, much of the land that would later become Clark Park was occupied by the southernmost part of Satterlee Hospitalmarker, one of the largest Union Army hospitals. The medical facility was torn down after the war. A small memorial, the Gettysburg Stone, recalls the 60,000 Union soldiers treated on the site.

A prominent feature of the park is its "bowl," once a mill pond fed by the Mill Creekmarker and covered by a cistern in the 1880s. The mill pond was used to power factories at Grays Ferry.

Today, the park features a basketball court, playground area, an open field, many paths, and the only known statue of Charles Dickens, a life-sized 1890 sculpture by Francis Edwin Elwell.

The park is also home to its own resident Shakespeare company, "Shakespeare in Clark Park."


Image:Shakespeare in Clark Park.jpg|Shakespeare in Clark ParkImage:Gettysburgstone.png|The Gettysburg Stone, a monument in Clark Park to the 60,000 Union soldiers treated there during the Civil War.Image:Philadelphia Orchestra in Clark Park.jpg|Philadelphia Orchestra

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  1. West Philadelphia Streetcar Suburb Historic District, UCHS
  2. Philadelphia Public Art page on Clark Park
  3. Shakespeare in Clark Park

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