Columbus Square

Columbus Square and Education and Newsletter03 Jun 2014 09:20 am

Tuesdays & Thursdays at Columbus Square Rec Center (12th and Wharton)

The third session of ESL classes began at Columbus Square last week. Level 1 (beginners with a little bit of English) meets on Tuesdays for five weeks, beginning on May 27. Level 0 (beginners with no English) meets on Thursdays for five weeks, starting May 29. Classes are held in the Columbus Square Recreation Center (12th and Wharton) from 6:30 pm – 8 pm. The cost for five weeks of classes, including materials, is just $20. Free supervised childcare is offered. Stay tuned for future class offerings.

-Chris DiCapua, Parks Liaison and Outreach

Columbus Square and Event05 May 2014 07:08 pm

Saturday, May 17, from 7 am to 1 pm at Columbus Square (12th and Wharton)
Find your treasure at the Columbus Square Spring Flea Market on Saturday, May 17 from 7 am to 1 pm. Reserve your spot by calling (215) 685-1890, or pre-register in person at the Columbus Square Recreation Center at 12th and Wharton. $20 for one space or $30 for two. Bring your own table(s)!

-Chris DiCapua, Parks Liaison and Outreach

Columbus Square05 May 2014 07:05 pm

Tuesdays & Thursdays beginning May 27 & 29 at Columbus Square Rec Center (12th and Wharton)

New five-week sessions of ESL classes will begin on Tuesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 29. Tuesday classes are Level 1 (beginners with some of the basics) and Thursday classes are Level 0 (true beginners). Classes are held in the Columbus Square Recreation Center (12th and Wharton) from 6:30 pm – 8 pm. In-person registration will be held on Tuesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 15 from 6:30 – 8 pm also at the Recreation Center. Pre-registration is encouraged to insure a seat, but not required. Students may also register on the first evening of class. The cost for five weeks of classes is just $20. Free supervised child programming will be provided.

-Chris DiCapua, Parks Liaison and Outreach

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.

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