Columbus Square

Columbus Square and Event and Home Tour and Newsletter and Town Watch and Volunteers04 Aug 2015 11:00 am

We hope you will join us tonight at 7:00 pm for our National Night Out neighborhood walk! Details posted here. If you can’t make it to the walk, you can still participate by leaving your front and back exterior house lights on, and sitting outside to greet neighbors!

Columbus Square Park is now on Twitter! Follow Columbus Square Park at @mycolumbussq to stay on top of all the happenings in the Square.

We are seeking homes for the October 17 Home Tour! Preliminary details available here. To volunteer your home for this annual fundraising event or to request more information, email

Volunteers are also always welcome at Passyunk Gardens! Open hours are Sundays, 4-6pm. Did you know that this season we have been able to donate over 40 pounds of tomatoes, not to mention zucchinis, peppers, eggplants and herbs, to community organizations like the Doe Fund and United Communities?

And don’t forget, PSCA monthly general meetings will resume for the year next month, on September 1! Check out the calendar for more events.

Columbus Square and Event and Newsletter07 Apr 2015 11:48 am

Columbus Square Wellness Fair

Fundraising for the proposed renovations to Columbus Square Park is in full swing!  The fundraising committee has made great progress and is close to meeting its fundraising goals.  A variety of fun, family-friendly, community building events are planned for this spring, including a Health Fair on Saturday, April 18, a Columbus Square Park reunion on Saturday, May 9 and a dog-centered fundraiser on Sunday, May 17.  Details are available on the Columbus Square Park website or by calling (215) 685-1890.  Get engaged!

On April 18 Columbus Square is hosting a Wellness Fair from 10am to 3pm! See the flyer at left for details. And check out for more upcoming events at Columbus Square Park – like the Green Club meeting on April 29 for community-minded gardeners!

And for dogs and their best friends – the South Philadelphia Association of Dog Owners is proud to announce that on Sunday May 17, from 9 am to 4 pm, the whole of Philadelphia’s dog owning population will gather together for a day of information, education, services and camaraderie. There will be plenty of room to run inside Columbus Square’s city-block-sized-fenced-in-field. Along with a day of fun with our furry friends, vendors will offer the entire gamut of K-9 amenities including pet adoption, veterinary services, retail needs, toys, treats, professional walkers and trainers. Admission will cost $5 in advance and $10 at the gate; all proceeds will go directly towards the revitalization of Columbus Square and its dog run. Please contact with any questions.

Beautification and Columbus Square and Newsletter and Trees and Volunteers07 Apr 2015 11:16 am
Calling all Tree Tenders! Tree Planting April 25
Capitolo Playground
8:45am – 1pm

Our spring tree planting is scheduled for Saturday April 25 and we need your help!  We’re looking for volunteers in general but we’re also looking for 3-4 tree tenders to be group leaders at the event. We could also use help picking up the trees on Friday April 24 and setting up for the event on Saturday morning. If you’re available to help with any of these special tasks email!

Even if you’re not a tree tender, the tree planting is a fun day out in the neighborhood and no prior experience is required. Breakfast snacks provided and post-planting happy hour details to come!  Join us if you can!

Passyunk Gardens open days begin Sunday April 26

We had a great first work day this past weekend and by the end of the month should have a quite a few things starting to come up!  Join us on April 26 for our first open day! We’ll be open every Sunday after that for the rest of the season.

This year we’ll be working with the Philadelphia Master Gardeners to help answer all of your gardening questions during open hours! Feel free to bring plants and specialized requests. If we can’t answer them immediately, we’ll take them back to the Master Gardeners’ network to get them answered! And speaking of the Master Gardeners, their annual plant sale is earlier in the day on the 26th, so consider stopping by there as well: April 26th 11-2:30 at the PA Hort Center in Fairmount Park.

We’re always looking for new volunteers to help out in the garden, so like our Facebook page and email us at to get on our Google group.

Soak it Up! Adoption Program
PSCA is working with the Philadelphia Water Department this year to ensure that stormwater management installations in our neighborhood – the planters and rain garden at Columbus Square Park, the planter outside the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, the tree trench on 12th Street between Dickinson and Tasker, and the tree trench on 10th street between Wilder and Reed – are as beautiful as they are effective in keeping our water clean.

Now that Spring has come we’d love to show more volunteers how to monitor these sites! If you’re interested in joining this team of volunteers please email for more information. You can also read more about PWD’s innovative Green Cities, Clean Waters initiative at their website.

And save these dates in May for other beautification projects:

May 5: Tree applications due for fall planting. Details and application form here.
May 16: Yard Tree giveaway. Details here including free tree delivery courtesy of ZipCar!

Columbus Square and Newsletter and Trash & Recycling05 Jan 2015 07:36 am

2015TreecyclingChristmas Tree Recycling Event

Saturday, January 10 – 10am to 4pm at 13th & Reed (Columbus Square Park)

It’s time to recycle your Christmas trees! Don’t leave your Christmas tree on the curb for trash pick-up – they will only rot in a landfill. Bring your undecorated trees to the “tree-cycling” event to be repurposed as wood chips and mulch for our local parks and gardens!

A $5 donation will help defray the cost of the chipping.

We are looking for a few individuals to assist us during the Tree Recycling event.  Serious inquiries, please contact event chair Nick Ventrola at!

Beautification and Capitolo and Cleanup and Columbus Square and Education and Event and Gold Star Park and Minutes and Trees and Volunteers and Zoning15 Nov 2014 06:01 pm

November 4, 2014 General Meeting Minutes

Submitted by Chris DiCapua.
Meeting began at 6:39 pm, adjourned at 7:18 pm.
Present: Wilder, Klein, DiCapua, Knapp, Zenzola, Anton, Silva, Wyatt, D’Ippolito
Absent: Emma, DiGiulio, Antonellis

Welcome and Introductions:

Pam welcomed guests. She sent around a sign-in sheet to add names to our database. She encouraged meeting guests to introduce themselves and greet one another. Pam explained that a representative from Mural Arts was invited to speak tonight, but was unable to make it at the last minute. Pam encouraged residents to take down flyers/signs around the neighborhood when the events have passed.

Board Updates:

Parks and Immigrant Outreach

Chris announced that Columbus Square, Gold Star and Capitolo Parks will be holding their Love Your Park fall clean up day on Saturday, November 15. Guests should check park Facebook pages or websites for more information. He also announced that the next session of ESL classes will begin after the new year in January. The next South Philly Language Exchange will be held on Thursday, November 20 at 7:00 pm at Don Chucho’s Mexican Restaurant (1108 S. 9th St). Chris invited all those interested, regardless of their level of Spanish, to attend this community-building event.


Sarah announced that Passyunk Gardens is closing for the season. The final workday was scheduled to be held last weekend, but was postponed due to the weather until this Saturday from 11-1. Sarah explained that the garden will be put to bed for the season. All are welcome to participate. Please send Sarah an email at to get on list serve.

A tree planting is set for November 15, at 8:45 am, starting at Capitolo Playground. 25 trees will be planted. Sarah anticipates a good core volunteer group, including students from Furness High School, but she could always use more help. Volunteers will be trained on how to plant trees. Those interested should email her for more details. Sarah announced that she is looking for people with tree tender experience especially. An after party will be held at Garage.

Mural Arts is beginning work on a new mural at 10th and Washington. They are looking to interview neighborhood residents in January to gather more information for the mural. Those interested in talking to Mural Arts people are encouraged to email Sarah.

Sarah explained to meeting guests that we partner with the PWD to take care of neighborhood stormwater planters, and we are looking for volunteers to help monitor them. We have volunteers for all five locations, but we need back up monitors. Please contact Sarah if you are interested in volunteering.


Tom announced that our second community day at Jackson School took place recently and was a great success. Volunteers painted fences, mulched, and built a greenhouse among other things. Tom informed guests that Friends of Jackson got their 501c3 from the IRS. They will be having a rooftop fundraiser scheduled for spring. Last Wednesday night at 6:30 at Columbus Recreation Center the Education Committee hosted Professor Cucchiara from Temple University who discussed enhancing community schools with a focus on equity. Last Thursday night Tom co-hosted a Teach For America alumni event at Cantina for all TFA alums in the 19147 zip code. Pam was invited to come and connect the group to the PSCA.

Home Tour

Caroline New, Home Tour event chair, announced that this year’s home tour was a successful event with 10 homes featured, 173 wristbands sold and 10 advertisers in the program book. Caroline thanked homeowners, advertisers and volunteers. She announced that over $4500 was raised. Three Home Tour sponsors were present at meeting and Pam recognized and thanked them.


Jared announced that zoning meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 and are held at Annunciation. He invited residents to attend these meetings, then summarized this month’s zoning case as follows: Only 1 November case – 1246 Federal owner came back for more discussion. Jared announced that last month the committee heard a preview presentation from the owners of a lot across from Pat’s. The owner wants ground floor retail space with 21 residential units above it. No provision for parking was discussed. The building would be 4 stories high. The owner will be coming back to discuss further.


Ilene passed out annual appeal letter. She asked guests to consider donating money to be able to keep up the great work that the civic association does.


Pam announced that out annual Holiday Party will take place on December 2. It will be held at Garage starting at 6:30 pm. She invited all guests to attend.

Pam announced the Christmas Tree Sale will be held this year at Urban Jungle on December 6. She asked those who wish to volunteer to be PSCA Christmas carolers this year to see her.


Columbus Square and Fundraising03 Nov 2014 05:55 pm

Discounted Theatre Tickets for a Good Cause!

Get engaged and support your local community theatre AND the Columbus Square Park Revitalization project!

Theatre Exile is offering Passyunk Square neighbors a discount on tickets for the November 7 performance of Red Speedo by Lucas Hnath. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Columbus Square Park Revitalization project. It’s a win-win-win for everyone. Tickets are being offered for $30 (regularly $35) for the 8:00 pm performance on November 7. Please reference code: PARK when ordering tickets. If you are unable to make this date, please reference this code for any date you can attend. Visit to see a list of all the performance dates.

Red Speedo is a taut, darkly comic new play which explores the battle between building a family and the business of winning at any cost. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times writes, “[Lucas] Hnath is quickly emerging as one of the brightest new voices of his generation.” If you have not had the pleasure of seeing a Theatre Exile production, this is the time to do it!

Capitolo and Columbus Square and Gold Star Park and Newsletter and Volunteers03 Nov 2014 05:50 pm

The citywide Love Your Park fall service day is Saturday, November 15! Volunteers are needed at Gold Star Park from 10:00 am til noon. Keep up with Gold Star Park’s events on the park’s Facebook page or email with questions. Contact Columbus Square or Capitolo Playground to volunteer for their events!

Beautification and Capitolo and Columbus Square and Education and Event and Gold Star Park and Minutes and Planning and Trees and Volunteers and Zoning12 Oct 2014 07:00 pm

October 7, 2014 General Meeting Minutes

Submitted by Chris DiCapua. Meeting began at 6:36 pm, adjourned at 7:27 pm.
Present: Wilder, Klein, DiCapua, Knapp, Antonellis, Zenzola, Emma. Anton, Silva.
Absent: DiGiulio, Wyatt

Welcome and Introductions:

Pam welcomed guests. She invited the Board to introduce themselves, then encouraged meeting guests to introduce themselves and greet one another.

Pam announced that the PSCA will be using a new Salesforce database to keep track of volunteers and events. She announced that a new volunteer, Tom Gavaghan, will be handling it.

Pam announced that the PSCA Holiday Party is scheduled for Tuesday December 2, and that she is looking for a volunteer leader for the upcoming Tree Sale at Urban Jungle on December 6 from 10 am to 6 pm.

Christine Knapp announced the winners of the 2014 Block Party Award. A representative from the 700 block of Medina, one of the awarded blocks, reported that the block party was a huge success with more than 100 attendees. The program will continue and be announced earlier next year.


Jared announced that zoning meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month and are held at Annunciation. He invited residents to attend these meetings, then summarized this month’s zoning cases as follows: 600 Washington Ave (Special exception for a take-out license), 1246 Federal (Legalization of multi-family use), 1213 Peters Street (Single family home with roof deck. Refused for open space), and 827-829 Wharton (Informational presentation for mixed-use development).

Home Tour

Caroline New and Jennifer Barr, event chairs, reminded residents of the upcoming Home Tour, scheduled for October 11 from noon to 4:00 pm. Thus far $2500 from advertisers has been raised and 42 tickets have been sold to date. Brigantessa, the soon-to-open restaurant from the team behind Le Virtu, is the after-party location. Wood-fired grilled pizza is on the menu.

Caroline announced that she is accepting payment at tonight’s meeting – by cash and checks or credit cards. Advance tickets are $20, and can also be purchased through PayPal. Jennifer Barr announced that among the many discounts participants will find in the guide book, each participant will receive a free slice of cheese pizza from Slice.

Three more volunteers are needed for the day of the Home Tour, especially from 1:30-4:00 pm. Volunteers are admitted to Home Tour for free. If you are interested, email Pam awarded Jennifer and Caroline with a P’unk t-shirt for their hard work and dedication.


Ilene named all of our current sponsors and asked residents to patronize and support their businesses. The newest sponsors are Noord, Garage and Francoluigi’s.


 Mural Arts is finishing up the mural at Capitolo Playground and beginning work on a new mural at 10th and Washington. Shira Wallinsky, the artist creating the 10th and Washington mural, will likely speak at our November general meeting.

This year’s final tree pruning event took place one October 5 from 10 am-12 pm. Andrew asked residents for recommendations of blocks that need tree pruning.

A tree planting will take place on Saturday, November 15 at 9 am. 25 trees will be planted. Sarah announced that the she is looking for volunteers to arrive at 8:45 am. Volunteers should bring a shovel and gloves and food will be provided.

Applications for street trees in front of residents’ homes are due on October 27 and are available on the PSCA website. Street trees applied for by October 27 will be planted in the spring.

A yard tree giveaway will take place on Sunday, October 19 from 12 pm – 2 pm at Columbus Square Park. Pre-registry is recommended.

Sarah announced that Passyunk Gardens is closing down for the season. Sarah invited interested residents to get involved.

Sarah asked for volunteers who would like to be trained to care for the 5 storm water sites in the neighborhood. We have 4 volunteers so far. We need a fifth and one back up for each site. Please email Sarah if you are interested at She will give those interested a tour of the site.

Parks and Immigrant Outreach

Chris announced that the Columbus Square Park Fundraising Committee’s “View From the Top” rooftop fundraising event took place at Wharton Lofts on Friday, September 12 from 6:00-8:00 pm. With more than 200 people in attendance and about $10,500 raised towards the renovation of the park, the event was a great success. Columbus Square’s new website was launched also on September 12. He invited guests to stay tuned for upcoming fundraising events.

Columbus Square is planning a flea market for October 25 from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm, as well as a Pumpkin Painting Celebration for kids on the same date from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Capitolo Playground will be hosting a Fall Flea Market with live bands on Saturday, November 1st from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Gold Star Park’s Campfire Night will be held on Thursday, October 9th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Gold Star Park (on Wharton, between 6th & 7th Streets). Plan to bring your family and friends. Join neighbors to bring a bit of country into the city! with any questions. Rain date will be October 16th.

The fourth session of ESL classes (Level 0 and Level 1) began the week of September 8 at the Columbus Square Recreation Center. Residents should stay tuned for information about future ESL sessions.

The monthly PSCA Newsletter continues to be translated into Spanish and posted to the website monthly.

The next Language Exchange event will be held on Thursday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm at Taquitos de Puebla (1149 S 9th St). All are welcome.


Danielle Saletta from Wells Fargo specializes in working with small businesses. Danielle offered her services to meeting guests. She is available to talk about retirement planning or answer any questions about banking in general.

Nicole Ozdemir from the Philadelphia City Planning Commission ( announced that a comprehensive plan for all of South Philly is being completed. The plan addresses physical improvements, open space, transportation, and remapping for zoning (i.e., updating zoning to match land use). This is the first new plan in about 50 years. Nicole announced that land use surveying has been completed. The City Planning Commission is planning to hold the first of three public meetings the first week in December. The other two meeting are being planned for the spring. Nicole fielded a number of questions, among them one about the future use of the Municipal Complex behind the fire station. Nicole assured meeting guests that the Planning Commission will get community input to begin to address this underutilized space. For more information, residents can go to


Pam announced that the 10th Street Laundromat will be holding a Community Art Fiesta from 6pm-8 pm this coming Friday, October 10th. All are welcome. She also reminded meeting guests of a second Community Volunteer Day that will be held at Jackson School on October 25th at 9 am. Those interested should gather at the school.

Passyunk Square Civic Association’s general meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month (September through June) at Annunciation BVM Church (10th and Dickinson).

Capitolo and Columbus Square and Gold Star Park and Newsletter06 Oct 2014 06:19 pm

Gold Star Park: Campfire Night & Halloween Party
From 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, October 9, Gold Star Park will bring a little bit of the country to the city with a Campfire Night, featuring s’mores and other treats! Then on Sunday, October 19, kids can enjoy fun & games at the park from 11 am to 2 pm, including a clown, unicyclist, balloon artist, Fleisher ColorWheels, a fire truck and more! Keep up with Gold Star Park’s events on the park’s Facebook page.

Columbus Square: Flea Market & Pumpkin Fest 
On Saturday, October 25, Columbus Square hosts two fun fall events – a Flea Market from 7 am to 1 pm for treasure seekers, and Pumpkin Fest for the kids from 9 am to 12 noon, with pumpkin painting and Halloween candy (wear your costume!). Find information about these events and more on the brand-new Columbus Square website!

Capitolo Playground: Flea Market & Live Music
Flea market fans will find double the deals in Passyunk Square this fall, with another flea market at Capitolo Playground on Saturday, November 1! The flea market opens at 9 am and wraps up at 3 pm, with live bands performing throughout the event. For other upcoming events at Capitolo, visit the Capitolo Playground Facebook page.

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