Saturday, April 9th
9:30 AM – Noon
49th & Baltimore
It’s time to wake up Cedar Park and we need volunteers to help clean and green. Can you give an hour to help with pruning, planting and general clean up? Let us know you are coming so we can plan accordingly (RSVP to Maureen Tate) or come at last minute if you are able!
Please join Cedar Park Neighbors for our annual Block Leaders brunch! This year’s brunch will be held on Saturday, December 5th, from 10 a.m. to Noon at Ahimsa House Philly at 5007 Cedar Avenue.
We welcome everyone who has any interest in being more involved with the neighborhood. You do not need to be the block captain, you do not need to own a home here, you can bring your kids, your friends and your love for this place. Come make some friends, eat some pancakes and gain and share resources among neighbors!
Invite friends…but please do RSVP so we make enough pancakes! We will also have fruit, bagels, and juices for all to enjoy.
RSVP with Meg by LEAVING A MESSAGE AT 215-488-7772 OR EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org. or simply RSVP on Facebook (but do it if you really mean it!).
*We are also looking for organizations to share resources, so please do offer your skills and connections, just contact Meg!*
Interested in becoming a member of Cedar Park Neighbors? Click here to join.
To support neighborhood efforts including our annual Block Leaders brunch, click here to donate .
Meet the Authors and Panel Discussion at Henry C. Lea Elementary School
47th & Locust
May 5th @ 5:45pm
Free and Open To The Public
The authors of a groundbreaking book about how parents and community members helped to turn the Nettllehurst School in Chicago, a failing public school, into an outstanding and revitilized one. Discussion will include lessons from the examples in the book that parents and community members could use at our local Philadelphia public schools. Discussion is open to the public. Bindlestiff Books will have books for sale at the event.
Garden reception and refreshments will be served.
Download a Flyer for the Event
The playground looks great!
Now its time to focus on the garden beds and we hope you might like to help.
This Saturday is the annual citywide Love Your Park event which will take place in Cedar Park from 10 am – 1 pm. We will focus on waking up the gardens: weeding, pruning roses, trimming liriope, mulching tree pits and garden beds.
Bring pruners if you have them. We will have other tools and gloves. Children are welcome.
Hope to see you on Saturday
Saturday, April 2 · 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cedar Park Neighbors is hosting a CleanUp in the the park on April 2 at 10:00-12:00. This event is part of a larger city wide effort to spring clean public spaces and is part of the City Streets Department’s, fourth annual Phillly Spring Cleanup.
Come out and meet your neighbors, friends, and other users of Cedar Park
CPN will provide FREE coffee, juice and snacks. UCD will provide tools and gloves, The West Philadelphia Cooperative School is also providing snacks.
PLEASE join us clean up our beloved neighborhood park and help to get
it ready for full spring bloom!
Everywhere you go in Cedar Park these days, you see parents and caregivers pushing little ones in strollers. The crowded and noisy new playground at Cedar Park testifies to the community’s dedication to our littlest neighbors as well as the growing number of small children. To support families often overwhelmed by the number of choices and the lack of information, Cedar Park Neighbors is hosting a series of Education Nights.
Meet Parents and School Representatives
For the first of these events, we have invited pre-k schools and daycare centers located in and around Cedar Park to present their school to the community. The representatives from these programs have prepared a brief outline of their program along with a description of their philosophy of early childhood education. We will also provide attendees with an information packet detailing the pre-k options in the community. While making the choice about where to send your child to preschool remains daunting, we hope that this event will help make the decision less complicated by providing clear information about many of the early childhood education options here in Cedar Park. Please join us for the first Education Night on November 10th at 7:30 PM. The event will be held in the upstairs lounge at Studio 34, located at 4522 Baltimore Avenue.
Early in 2010, we will be hosting a second Education Night when we hope to invite a number of local elementary school principals to describe their schools. Stay tuned for more information!
Mark Your Calendars!
Cedar Park 2010 Garden Workshop Series Continues:
August 19 – Fabulous Fall Containers
October 7 – Putting the Garden to Bed
The following is a note from Joe McNulty of the UCD inviting neighbors to the dedication ceremony for the newly relandscaped traffic triangle at 47th and Baltimore. See you there.
Hello Baltimore Ave! You may have noticed that the work on the 47th street triangle is complete. Well, we would like to have a small celebration to thank all of those who were involved in transforming the triangle at 47th and Baltimore on July 27 at 4:00 p.m.
We are very pleased with the outcome of the reconstruction of the triangle. Where there was once a broken concrete island that served as a loading zone for delivery trucks, there is now a much larger footprint, a landscaped area that covers most of the island, and new trees that will provide beautiful blooms in the spring. The enlarged triangle and pavers along the 47th Street edge provide safer crossings for pedestrians. We have received several accolades from nearby residents, including from one who said that it “gives the intersection and the buildings around its perimeter a totally different feel and really makes the neighborhood look a lot more inviting.”
One of the best outcomes of the triangle is the relationships it enabled us to build and strengthen with a variety of folks around the neighborhood and city. There are many people to credit for this collaborative effort, including residents, business owners, the Streets Department, UC Green, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. And the collaboration continues as nearby residents help with weeding and planting.
I hope you can make it next week. Jim Roebuck will be there, among others from the city, to celebrate this newest effort to make ours the greenest neighborhood in Philly!
Useful recommendations from a Cedar Park block captain.
If you have trees or branches that are on power lines, please be sure you
report them to PECO – 215-841-4141. The city will not touch them until the
lines are removed.
If you have a tree or large branch in the front (sidewalk side) of your
property that is down or damaged, odds are, the city already has it on their
list but you can call 311 to make sure it is reported.
They are prioritizing all trees and branches that are blocking walkways,
streets or otherwise dangling and dangerous. They are NOT allowed to touch
any trees that are on live lines it¹s a safety issue and also PECO¹s
responsibility. Once they clear the priority trees, they will come back and
get the other branches and trees laying in the non-walkway park areas as
well as anything PECO left behind after clearing the wires.
If you have trees or branches down in the back yard, this is the homeowner’s
responsibility. Most likely, your homeowner’s policy will cover the removal.
If you would like a recommendation for a tree service, Corner’s Landscaping
has done a lot of work on the block and comes highly recommended from UC
Green. They can be reached at: 215-742-7576
Join us in Cedar Park, located 49th – 50th Street on Baltimore Avenue for our Garden Workshops. Bring a picnic to enjoy in the park while learning about garden topics applicable to our area. Workshops take place next to the Playground at the 50th Street end of the Park. (In the event of rain the workshop will be rescheduled)
Caring for Young Trees
Thursday, June 24, 6:30 pm
With Sue Pringle, Executive Director, UC Green
Join us as we learn to care for the many young trees that have been planted throughout our neighborhood. Learn how to plant and care for your own. Sue Pringle, of UC Green (www.ucgreen.org; 215-573-4684) will review planting and care basics to ensure the health of our expanding urban tree canopy.
Pre-register by e-mail: email@example.com or by calling 267-531-4147. In case of rain the workshop will be rescheduled.
Next in our series of workshops is Pruning Basics with the UC Green Pruning Club on July 19, Fabulous Fall Containers on August 19 and Putting the Garden to Bed, on Thursday, October 7.
Useful City Government Links