Passyunk Square Civic Association is rejuvenating our Neighborhood Ambassador Program (NAP). The NAP is our outreach to homeowners and residents in our neighborhood. Its goals include making neighbors aware of PSCA’s existence and engaging as many of you as possible in our activities.

We are interested in having a Neighborhood Ambassador for each of the many blocks in our community but we need volunteers to do so. We urge you to become involved to help keep our neighborhood safe and clean as well as a great place to live, work and raise your family.

If you or any of your neighbors is interested in becoming a Neighborhood Ambassador, please contact Jeff Brown at outreach@passyunk.org. Thank you.

Gold Star Park has some events coming up to finish out the summer:

  • Saturday August 8, 10am-12pm – Kids at Play – come to learn Zumba for kids, make a crafts, and enjoy a healthy snack!
  • Thursday August 20, 7pm-9pm – Concert Series – with Acton Bell (folk/pop/bluegrass). Rain date August 27.
  • September (date TBD) campfire night will be back!
  • October (date TBD) Halloween party will be back!
Gold Star Park is located on Wharton Street between Sheridan & Marshall Streets. Keep up with Gold Star Park on Facebook or the web!

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.

La Hoja Informativa más reciente de la PSCA ahora está disponible en español. Haz clic aquí. The most recent PSCA Newsletter is now available in Spanish. Click here.

We are excited to welcome Women’s Fitness Solutions as a new Supporting Sponsor! Thank you to all of our Sponsors for their dedication to the neighborhood.

Would you like to help keep our neighborhood safe?  Would you like to get other neighbors involved in doing so also?  Then join us as we participate in a walk through our neighborhood on National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4.  National Night Out is an annual community building campaign that promotes community-police partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer and better place to live.

We at Passyunk Square Civic Association need volunteers to join us and walk together through our neighborhood on the evening of August 4, talking to neighbors and distributing information regarding safety and PSCA as well.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jeff Brown at jeffbrown39@verizon.net.

This year’s Passyunk Square Civic Association Home Tour will take place on Saturday, October 17! We are currently seeking homes to be shown on the tour.

The annual Home Tour is one of PSCA’s main fundraising events each year, bringing visitors from all around the city to our neighborhood. Homes of all sizes and styles are welcome! Have you recently renovated? Does your home have unique historical appeal? Are you always receiving compliments on your decorating style? Do you have a great garden? Please contact hometour@passyunk.org for more information or to volunteer your home for the tour.

Gold Star Park has a busy calendar for the rest of the summer and into the fall! Keep up with Gold Star Park on Facebook and check out these upcoming events:

  • Saturday July 11, 10am-12pm – Kids at Play – with Zoom Dance (story telling dance)
  • Thursday July 16, 7pm-9pm – Concert Series – with Emmett Drueding Americana/folk/rock (rain date July 23)
  • Saturday August 8, 10am-12pm – Kids at Play – activity TBD
  • Thursday August 20, 7pm-9pm – Concert Series – with Acton Bell folk/pop/bluegrass (rain date August 27)
  • September (Date TBD) – campfire night will be back
  • October (Date TBD) – Halloween party will be back

Volunteer at Passyunk Gardens!
The garden is in full swing! As a reminder to neighbors, we are open to all and always need help! With the help of PHS’s City Harvest program and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Penn State Extension Master Gardener program, we run the garden as a demonstration garden and grow a wide variety of edible plants. Produce is donated to local partners and shared with volunteers and visitors!

Sundays from 4-6 are our open hours and we need volunteers to greet visitors and show them around during these times, bring a snack to share, play some music or otherwise help make these open hours a fun time. Volunteers can also take a week out of their summer and agree to spot water the garden as needed. We have an irrigation system for most of the beds, but potted plants need to be watered by hand if it doesn’t rain.Finally, we’re always looking for new ideas for events, gardening projects and workshops. Get in touch if you’d like to do something fun in the garden!

To get involved, stop by Sundays 4-6 or email beautification@passyunk.org. More information is also available on our website, or like the garden Facebook page and follow us on twitter/instagram @passyunkgardens

Passeggiata and Inside Out
East Passyunk Business Improvement District is promoting Wednesday evenings as the night for “Passeggiata” – an Italian evening summer stroll on East Passyunk Avenue with discounts and special offers. It’s perfect opportunity to visit all the outdoor reproductions of works from the Philadelphia Museum of Art that are up in our neighborhood!  Download a map of the Inside Out sites on our website and take a stroll around the neighborhood.

And don’t forget – to tie in with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Inside Out installations currently displayed all around the Philadelphia area, residents of featured neighborhoods (that includes Passyunk Square!) will get FREE general admission to the Museum from Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19. To gain free entry to the Museum that weekend, go to any Visitor Services desk and present your driver’s license or an ID card that lists one of the designated zip codes: 19145, 19146, 19147, or 19148. See the Museum’s website for more details!

Soak it Up! Adoption Program
PSCA continues its partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) 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.
We have a great team working on this but can always use more help! Volunteers to help us monitor these sites and receive training about how the sites function and how the neighborhood can report problems and give feedback to PWD.  Email beautification@passyunk.org for more information about joining our team. You can also read more about PWD’s innovative Green Cities, Clean Waters initiative at their website.

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