Columbus Square


Beautification and Capitolo and Columbus Square and Gold Star Park10 Nov 2016 02:03 pm

It’s time to Love Your Park on Saturday November 12th  – and there are four parks to choose from within our boundaries. All will need help sweeping, raking leaves and working on a variety of other projects in the park. Check below for specifics and register at loveyourpark.org/volunteer/.

Capitolo Playground
900 Federal Street
10:00 am -1:00 pm – details

Gold Star Park
613 Wharton Street
10:00 am -1:00 pm – details

Columbus Square Playground
1200 Wharton Street
9:00 am – 2:00 pm – details

Paolone Park
Sears St. & Medina St.
10:00 am – 2:00 pm – details

Beautification and Columbus Square and Newsletter and Trash & Recycling29 Dec 2015 04:01 pm

Keep the season of giving going by recycling your Christmas tree. On Saturday, January 9, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, take your Christmas tree to Columbus Square Park (13th and Reed entrance) where it will recycled by Bartlett Tree Experts into wood chips for local gardens and parks. A $5 per tree donation is suggested. Make sure to remove all ornaments and decorations from your tree.

Unable to carry your Christmas tree to Columbus Square Park? Bennett Compost will collect your Christmas tree for $15 on the morning of Saturday, January 9. Schedule your Bennet Composting Christmas tree pick-up online.

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 hometour@passyunk.org.

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 MyColumbusSquarePark.org 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 Southphillydogs@gmail.com 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 beautification@passyunk.org!

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
4-6pm

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 beautification@passyunk.org 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 beautification@passyunk.org 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 nicholas.ventrola@gmail.com!

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.

Beautification

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 beautification@passyunk.org 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.

 Education

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.

Zoning

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.

Fundraising

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.

Announcements:

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 www.theatreexile.org 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 goldstarphilly@gmail.com with questions. Contact Columbus Square or Capitolo Playground to volunteer for their events!

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