Volunteer Opportunity! Passyunk Square Civic Association is looking for a dedicated volunteer(s) to help out with communications. This commitment would include:

  • updating and maintaining the passyunksquare.org website
  • updating the events calendar
  • maintaining the Facebook page
  • planning and sending the monthly email newsletter
  • submitting a monthly summary of communication activities to the board of directors

If you are creative, good with words, organized, and enthusiastic about the neighborhood, this could be a great opportunity for you! Experience with Mailchimp, WordPress, Facebook pages, and Google Analytics would be helpful but is not required. If interested in helping with any or all of these tasks, please email contact@passyunk.org!

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.

June General Meeting – This Tuesday!

Antonio's DeliPlease join us at our only General Meeting for the summer, this Tuesday, June 2 at 6:30 at Annunciation Church Hall (10th and Dickinson, side entrance on Dickinson). Speakers will include the Bicycle Coalition and the Mayor’s Office of Transportation to speak about the new Bike Share programs. Food will be provided by Antonio’s Deli, as we welcome them to the neighborhood at 1014 Federal Street (taking over the space formerly occupied by Chickie’s Italian Deli). There will be no General Meeting in July or August, but we still have many summer events and activities planned – so read on and stay tuned! See you around the neighborhood!

Parking – PSCA wants your input!

Hello Neighbors!

One of the primary concerns raised at every Passyunk Square Civic Association meeting is residential parking.  Among the issues frequently raised are parking on sidewalks and in crosswalks, handicapped spots for residents that are no longer needed, and residential development that increases density without adding parking.

At PSCA, we take those concerns seriously, and to help us engage decision makers around the City we need your help!

You can help this effort by completing a short survey by June 15, 2015. Feel free to forward to your friends and neighbors as well – the more responses we receive the better!  To submit your responses, either

(a) click here to access the survey online
(b) attend our next general meeting (June 2) or zoning meeting (June 9) and fill out a hard copy form.

Save the Date…

Save the Date!  PSCA Hosts Jazzyunk: A Night of Food, Friends and Music at Francoluigi’s on June 17.  More details to come on social media and at the general meeting!

Community Day

3rdDistrictCommunityDayYou’re invited to the 3rd District Police Community Day on the afternoon of June 6, from 1 pm – 6 pm in front of the police station at 11th and Wharton!

Stop by the PSCA’s table and say hello, get information from city agencies and community service organizations, and enjoy music, games, prizes, and refreshments with your neighbors! Click the flyer at left for details on this fun afternoon! We hope to see you there.

Volunteer at Passyunk Gardens!
The garden is in full swing and a reminder to neighbors that we 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’s program, we run the garden as a demonstration garden and grow a wide variety of edible plants. Produce is donated to local partner and shared with volunteers and visitor! Right now we’ve got kale, collards, garlic and other greens finishing up and tomatoes and peppers just taking off. We’re preparing for another try at hay bale gardening and getting ready to tie up the hops.
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


“Don’t Trash on Me” sidewalk art event with Keep Philadelphia Beautiful and Fleisher’s ColorWheels – June 10, 4-6, Capitolo Playground

Help promote litter prevention! Through a generous grant from Keep Philadelphia Beautiful we’ll be working with some local after school programs and Fleisher Art Memorial’s ColorWheels program to create sidewalk art encouraging passers by to use the Big Belly trash and recycling receptacles near Pat’s and Geno’s.  Lil’ Pop Shop will be on hand with some free popsicles during the event and the artwork will stay on display into the summer. If you’re not already part of a nearby after school program and you’d like to bring your child to participate, email us at beautification@passyunk.org.


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! On Wednesday June 3, PSCA and East Passyunk Crossing Civic will be out at the Fountain with maps to give out as well – so stop by and say hello!

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.

Language Outreach Events

South Philly Language Exchange Program
Do you want to learn some Spanish? Would you like to meet Spanish-speaking neighbors and help them to learn English, while supporting a local Mexican restaurant and building community in Passyunk Square?  This event is open to everyone and is informal and fun. If you come, you can order food or not, and you will be made to feel welcome! Upcoming Language Exchanges are planned at the following restaurants:

  • Mole Poblano (1144 S 9th) on June 18
  • Taquitos de Puebla (1149 S 9th) on July 23

All begin at 7pm!

ESL Classes

The next session of ESL classes will begin in the fall, with classes to be held at the Columbus Square Recreation Center.  Details are still being worked out.  If interested, please call Chris DiCapua at (267) 467-4307 for more information.


The following cases are scheduled for the June 9 zoning committee meeting:
  • 737 Earp St – Informational presentation on single family home
  • 1225 Annin – Presentation of revised plans
The Zoning Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 9 at 7 pm at Annunciation BVM Church Hall (10th & Dickinson). Email zoning@passyunk.org with any questions regarding the Zoning Committee or visit passyunksquare.org/zoning.

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