Columbus Square

Columbus Square22 Oct 2013 01:18 pm

Find a treasure at Columbus Square’s Fall Flea Market on Saturday, October 26 from 7am to 1pm. We expect many vendors with a great variety of wares. If you are interested in being a vendor, one spot costs $20 or two spots cost $30 (if paid in advance, $5 extra day-of). Please bring your own table(s). To reserve your spot, call the Columbus Square Recreation Center at (215) 685-1890.

While adults are shopping at our flea market, our always free annual Pumpkinfest will be taking place inside the Columbus Square Recreation Center (12th and Wharton Streets). From 9am to 12pm stop by with the little ones for pumpkin painting/decorating and free candy. Halloween costumes are encouraged!

-Chris DiCapua, Parks Liaison

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.

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-Chris DiCapua, Parks Liaison

Columbus Square03 Apr 2013 08:37 am

Columbus Square Park has been given a Community Design Collaborative (CDC) grant to help make improvements to the park. Community input is encouraged. Please send your thoughts about what you would like to see in the park to Your feedback will be included and given to the CDC design team along with the input from the task force, made up of community members, who will be working with this design team. This is an exciting time for our park and we want the community’s voice to be heard!

Columbus Square04 Mar 2013 12:52 pm

Columbus Square Park at 12th and Wharton has been awarded a grant from the Community Design Collaborative for pro-bono professional design services! A task force made up of neighbors, along with representatives from the private sector and the city with be working with the Community Design Collaborative team to design a plan to renovate the park.  The plan will be complete in about six months, The Columbus Square Advisory Council hopes to use the plan to secure funding to make the plans a reality.

Columbus Square02 Oct 2012 08:55 am

Join us for two exciting events at Columbus Square Park (12th and Wharton) on Saturday, October 27!
On October 27 the Columbus Square Advisory Council will hold its annual fall Flea Market from 8am-1pm around the perimeter of the park. Register in advance-$20 per space, two for $30.  Day of-$25 per space.  Bring your own tables.  The Columbus Square Advisory Council is accepting donations of baked goods to sell at the flea market, proceeds to benefit programming at the park.  Contact us at, or call (215) 685-1890 to reserve your space or for more information.

Our annual Pumpkinfest will also be held on October 27 in the Columbus Square Rec Center from 9am-noon.  We encourage kids to come dressed in their Halloween costumes while they paint and decorate pumpkins.  We will provide the pumpkins, paint, stickers, and (of course), candy.  This popular event is free.

Columbus Square06 Aug 2012 09:20 am

Thursday, August 9th at 6pm

Join your neighbors and bring the kids for Movie Night & Pizza in the Park at Columbus Square Park on Thursday, August 9th.  Beginning at 6pm, pizza is $2.50 a slice with proceeds benefiting the South Philly Parents Resource Center (SPRC) and Columbus Square Park programming.  Bring lawn chairs, blankets and your appetite.  The feature movie will be Madagascar Escape 2 Africa.  Buy a raffle ticket to support SPRC and win wonderful prizes.  Winners will be selected before the movie.  Columbus Square Park is located at 12th and Wharton Streets.

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

Columbus Square and Education and Event22 May 2012 05:11 pm

From our friends at the South Philadelphia Branch of the Free Library (note yoga is also available on Wednesdays at 6:30pm until June 27 at the Columbus Square Rec Center for a small fee of $6 per class or a block of 5 classes for $25):


Feeling Fatigued by the daily grind, and need a boost to focus the mind and body?

Yoga literally means “Union” Yoga is for Everyone. Whether you believe you are “too inflexible, too busy, not patient enough, can’t sit still” etc. … Join us.

For Beginners as well as Seasoned Practitioners. All levels welcome.

Classes are from 6:30 to 7:30pm on:
June 7
June 21
July 5
July 19

South Philadelphia Library
1700 S. Broad Street (Broad/Morris)
Questions call (215) 685-1866

NOTE: A limited number of mats will be provided for those who don’t have one. Also, bring a block or blanket to fold for balance.

About the teacher:

Jennifer Nehila teaches at three studios in Philadelphia and beyond–Wake Up Yoga, Shanti Yoga, and Jai Studio Haverford, in addition to bringing Yoga to many corporations through Deliver Me Yoga. She is a former gymnast who also enjoys acrobatic yoga, slackline (tight rope), climbing, and running, and finds traditional yoga practice to be a great compliment to all of these activities. Jennifer finds that yoga is always there to support you, like a comfortable and constant friend, and thinks of the mat as safe space where the one “learns to abide in one’s true nature.”

Columbus Square and Event26 Apr 2012 12:02 pm

Columbus Square Flea Market
8am to 1pm 

Time for spring cleaning!  Reserve your spot at the Columbus Square Park Flea Market, Saturday April 28th –  8 am to 1 pm.  $20 for one spot / $30 for two  - reserved in advance.  $5 additional day of.  Call 215-685-1890 or email to reserve your space today.

Get a taste of East Passyunk at Flavors of the Avenue

Enjoy a true taste of East Passyunk Avenue from 21 award-winning restaurants, all offering samples of their signature dishes and drinks under the cover of a big top tent, making the event rain or shine!  Outside of the Flavors tent, enjoy a free street festival with vendors, live music, and a craft market at the Singing Fountain hosted by Crafty Balboa. A list of this year’s participating restaurants and information about buying tickets can be found at Proceeds from Flavors of the Avenue support EPABID’s public safety program.

Happy Anniversary, South Philly Food Co-op

That same afternoon, just up East Passyunk Avenue at the Passyunk Gardens (E. Passyunk Ave and Wharton St.) celebrate the official spring opening of Passyunk Gardens AND the 2-Year Anniversary of the South Philly Food Co-op with a pot-luck party from 1pm to 4pm. Event will also feature live music and raffles. A cake and cupcakes will be provided by the CherryBomb Bus, a brand-new food truck run by Chef Jennifer Zavala (Top Chef) & Pastry Chef Christina Clark.  Live music provided by Liam Gallagher and Dani Mari. After party to take place at Devil’s Den (11th and Ellsworth).

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