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Capitolo and Columbus Square and Gold Star Park and Newsletter05 Aug 2014 12:27 pm

Music in the Park at Gold Star Park
On August 13 at 7 pm, the final “Music in the Park” of summer 2014 will feature the jazz, R&B, and funk sounds of The Madison Project.  For more information on Gold Star summer events, visit the Gold Star Park Facebook page.

Gold Star Park Kids @ Play
On Saturday, August 16, from 9:30 am – 11 am, Gold Star Park will once again host “Kids @ Play,” a playgroup offered on the third Saturday of every month through September, in conjunction with the Friends of Kirkbride, South Philly Food Co-op, and Friends of Gold Star Park. Toys, a group activity, and healthy snacks are provided.

Capitolo Playground Advisory Council
The next Capitolo Advisory Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 10 at 7 pm – all are welcome!  Meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of every month. For upcoming summer events at Capitolo, visit the Capitolo Playground Facebook page.

Columbus Square Fundraiser
Save the date! The Columbus Square Park Fundraising Committee is planning a rooftop fundraising event at Wharton Lofts on Friday, September 12 from 6 pm – 8 pm. Food and drink donations are being solicited from local businesses. Learn how you can get engaged! Plan to attend this fun event to see the park’s renovation plans and hear the latest on fundraising progress.  To purchase tickets contact Suggested donation: $25.

Columbus Square and Newsletter05 Aug 2014 12:22 pm

ESL Classes

The fourth session of ESL classes (Level 0 and Level 1) will begin the week of September 8.  A registration session will be held at the Columbus Square Recreation Center on Thursday, September 4 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

South Philly Language Exchange Program

Americorps VISTA and the PSCA have partnered to offer monthly language exchange sessions at rotating neighborhood Mexican restaurants. The goal of this program is to bring together two populations that might not otherwise have contact, for networking, friendship and community building. This is a low-pressure, loosely organized program in which participants can choose to order food or not. Whether you know a lot of Spanish, or almost none, all are welcome! Watch Facebook and Twitter for the next locations and dates!

Newsletter Translation

The monthly PSCA Newsletter continues to be translated into Spanish and posted to the website monthly. Chinese translation of the newsletter will begin in the fall, pending the award of a recently submitted Activities Grant.

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.

Follow our neighborhood parks on Facebook!

-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.

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