Capitolo and Columbus Square03 Sep 2013 01:13 pm

A warm welcome to two new Department of Parks and Rec Recreation Leaders in our neighborhood, one at Capitolo Playground and the other at Columbus Square Playground. John Medica, a South Philly native, began working at Capitolo over the summer, as did Mary Grace Gorman, at Columbus Square. Both John and Mary Grace have a wealth of recreational experience and are full of energy, great ideas, and a strong desire to build on the already robust recreational opportunities offered at each center. They hope to work together to coordinate programming at the centers in order to maximize offerings for residents. We look forward to a continued strong partnership between the Department of Parks and Rec and the PSCA in the months ahead.

Follow our neighborhood parks on Facebook!

-Chris DiCapua, Parks Liaison

Beautification and Capitolo and Cleanup and Columbus Square and Communication and Education and Event and Fundraising and Gold Star Park and Planning and Town Watch and Trash & Recycling and Trees and Volunteers and Zoning01 Jul 2012 09:20 am

We’re giving you a summer vacation from General Meetings for July and August, so we’ll see you in September with updates from our committees who have been busy working straight through these hot months to make Passyunk Square even better!  Speaking of committees, our 2012 Board of Directors and Committees have been announced:

Pam Zenzola, President
Angel D’Ippolito, Vice-President Outreach
Sarah Anton, Treasurer and Beautification Committee Co-Chair
Karin Morris, Secretary and Planning Committee Chair
Christine Knapp, Immediate Past President
Andrew Emma, Beautification Committee Co-Chair
Chris DiCapua, Parks Liaison
Ilene Wilder, Fundraising and Events Committee Chair
Carmela Fioretti, Trash and Recycling Committee
Cassie Knox, Communications Committee Chair

Beautification Clean-ups, plantings, banners, block efforts
co-chairs: Andrew Emma and Sarah Anton
Communications Public relations, external communication
chair: Cassie Knox
Zoning Monitoring zoning change requests
chair: John Digiulio
Outreach Giving every resident of the neighborhood a chance to become involved
chair: Angel D’Ippolito
Safety / Passyunk Square Town Watch
chair: Kim Davis
Trash & Recycling
chair: Carmela Fioretti
Planning Convening stakeholders to help choose what we want the area to look like in the future
chair: Karin Morris
Fund Raising/Sapling Program For association activities
chair: Ilene Wilder
Education Supporting schools in the neighborhood
chair: Open

Capitolo03 Jun 2012 01:43 pm

Saturday, June 9th (rain date: 6/10) 9am-2pm
Baby & Kid’s Clothes & Gear, Books, Crafts & Handmade items, Jewelry, Retro & Vintage, Toys & Games, Tools, plus LIVE MUSIC while you shop!  Vendors are $15 per space/$25 for two spaces – $20 per spot if you pay at the door.  Please bring your own table, set-up begins at 8am

To reserve a spot, please bring your MONEY ORDER (no cash or checks accepted) between 1pm and 9pm weekdays or mail to:

Capitolo Playground
900 Federal Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 685-1883

Capitolo22 May 2012 03:17 pm

The Capitolo rec building at 9th and Federal Sts sits empty and open on many weeknights through the summer and fall. Space in the building includes the gym and another large room. We want to help them out with some new program ideas to be hosted there. From art to exercise, ping pong to poetry, for young or old, propose your idea and see if the folks at Capitolo can make it happen!

Feel free to comment to this blog post with ideas, on our Facebook page or email

Capitolo20 Mar 2012 08:40 am

Where: 9th & Federal Streets
Date: Saturday, April 7th
Time: 11am – 1pm

The day includes:

Arts & Crafts, Fun and Prizes, Petting Zoo and a visit from the Easter Bunny!

Bring a basket for the hunt (schedule below). In case of rain, event will be held indoors.

11:30 am – ages 0 – 3
12:00 pm – ages 4 – 6
12:30 pm – ages 7-10

Please bring a donation of non-perishable food items or canned goods to benefit PHILABUNDANCE.

Capitolo and Trees02 Dec 2011 06:16 am

On November 19, 35 volunteers came together to plant 51 trees in Passyunk Square. Coverage of the event can be found in the South Philly Review. That coverage includes a photo taken by neighbor Jim Bazis of some of our Passyunk Square volunteers (including Civic Association Board President Christine Knapp, right):

Tree Planting

In addition, the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation (PARC) has awarded the Passyunk Square Civic Association a $2500 matching grant toward general greening and beautification. PSCA will be using this generous funding to do a professional tree planting along the 9th Street corridor between Federal and Wharton, across from Geno’s. The funding will provide soil remediation, and 7 “balled and burlapped” Winter King Hawthorne trees to be professionally planted. Those trees are scheduled to go in TODAY (12/2/11) at 11am. In addition, this grant makes possible the purchase of a portable watering source for continued care of street trees planted along public areas.

If you’re in the area at that time, stop by and check them out!

Beautification and Capitolo and Trees12 Nov 2011 07:28 pm

Nov 19 – Next Saturday! – 8:45am to 1pm

Meet at the rec center building at Capitolo Playground on the 9th Street side of the park.

It’s time to plant some more trees. There are 42 trees coming next Saturday and we’ll need lots of hands to help get them in the ground. We’ll have tools and hot beverages, though feel free to bring your own shovel and gloves – we can always use extras.

If you’ve done this before you’ll know that it’s a really fun day. Please join us and bring a friend! To sweeten the pot, we’re trying to organize a little post-planting gathering at a local “watering” hole so we can all “plant: ourselves on some bar stools, “dig” into some cheap appetizers and use quotations marks a lot.

Email Sarah and Andrew with questions, ideas, comments at

Capitolo and Event23 Oct 2011 09:31 pm

CAPITOLO Park Flea Market
Saturday, NOVEMBER 5th
Rain date: Sunday, November 6th

9:00 am – 2 pm
9th & Federal Streets
(across from Pat’s & Geno’s)

Baby & Kid’s Clothes & Gear, Books, Crafts & Handmade items, Jewelry, Retro & Vintage, Toys & Games, Tools and more!
Plus – LIVE Music while you shop!

VENDORS: $15 per space/$25 for two spaces – $20 per spot if you pay AT THE DOOR (please bring your own table)

GREAT location, LOTS of foot traffic…
CALL: 215-685-1883

Beautification and Capitolo and Trees08 Jul 2011 12:03 pm

The Beautification Committee of the PSCA is responsible for, among other things, all of the great work that has been done to increase the number of street trees in the neighborhood. However, planting the trees isn’t the end of the story. While many homeowners who have welcomed new trees in front of their own houses have done a great job at keeping their trees watered and pruned, there are several new trees in public spaces that require volunteers to care for them.

The Beautification Committee is seeking volunteers to help for an hour or two on Wednesdays and Saturdays from now through October (when the trees go to sleep for the winter). These groups of volunteers will primarily water and prune the trees around Capitolo Playground.

Volunteers will meet at 6pm on Wednesdays and 10am on Saturdays at the main entrance to Capitolo at 9th and Federal. The Beautification Committee welcomes anyone who can attend any of these gatherings so please don’t feel like you are obligating yourself to come to every one. A representative of the Committee will be on hand to instruct people on what to do.

For more information or to RSVP, please email

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