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CPN’s 2016 Annual Gary Bronson Scholarship Fundraiser Event

Click here to purchase tickets or sponsor our fundraiser.

Greensgrow West community meeting

Greensgrow would like to invite you and your neighbors to an open community meeting to solicit feedback about our continued involvement in West Philadelphia. Greensgrow recently secured a long-term lease from Councilwoman Blackwell for a parcel of vacant land at 5123-29 Baltimore Avenue to build a larger farm, nursery, and education space. We anticipate this new location opening in spring of 2016 and would like to hear from our neighbors about what types of services and programs are most in demand as we increase our capacity.

The meeting will be held on Thursday June 4 at 6pm. Location will be in the community room at People’s Baptist Church at 5039 Baltimore Avenue. We hope you will join us and share this invitation widely to your friends, neighbors, and networks in the local community.

Thank you for your continued support, and we hope you stop by our temporary location at 4912 Baltimore Avenue this spring to meet the staff and learn more about Greensgrow’s mission and impact.

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3rd Annual Picnic in Cedar Park

Join Cedar Park Neighbors for a neighborhood Picnic in Cedar Park! BYOP, or pickup a picnic special at any of these participating local businesses- Dock Street, The Gold Standard, Hibiscus, Little Baby’s, Mariposa, Penn Pizza or Taco Angeleno!

Event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/796376410470209/

There is no rain date for this event.

Cedar Park Live Jazz

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Family Picnic in Cedar Park: Friday, May 16, 6-8pm

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Cedar Park Neighbors Annual Meeting

Map of the Cedar Park Neighborhood

Map of the Cedar Park Neighborhood

Please join Cedar Park Neighbors on Monday, April 21, 2014, from 7-9pm for our annual meeting. Voting for CPN Board Members will begin at 6:30pm.

The meeting will take place at Calvary Community Center Sanctuary. Please enter through the doors on the second floor.

Come and hear what Cedar Park Neighbors has done over the last year and our plans for the coming year. Meet candidates for the CPN Board of Directors.  (And read all about the candidates by clicking here.)

We will also feature a conversation with the two candidates for our state representative, James Roebuck (the incumbent) and Algernong Allen. The conversation will be moderated by Cedar Park resident Bill Hangley Jr., a journalist with The Philadelphia Public School Notebook.

If you’ve never been to a CPN meeting, the annual meeting is a great introduction to the organization and the work that it does.

An informal meet and greet will follow the meeting.

Meet the candidates for CPN Board of Directors

A great group of Cedar Park neighbors are running for election to the CPN Board of Directors.  Read more about them below.  And come out to our annual meeting on April 21, 2014 from 7-9 pm to hear them in person.

Candidates’ bios are after the jump.

Continue reading Meet the candidates for CPN Board of Directors

Soccer Shots comes to Cedar Park

Starting in September, Soccer Shots will bring their youth soccer program to Cedar Park. Soccer Shots is a national program created in collaboration withchildhood education specialists, professional soccer players, and experienced and licensed soccer coaches. They use creative and age-appropriate curricula, infusing each lesson plan with enthusiasm and structured activity through a mixture of play and learning basic soccer skills. The program will serve kids ages 2-4 will divide participants into two potential age groups: 2 year olds, 3 to 4 year olds. This will supplement the neighborhood’s Clark Park Youth Soccer League, which serves youth aged 5-11.

Starting September 14, Soccer Shots will run for 2 hours once a week on Saturday mornings.  This season runs from September 14th thru November 16th.  During each week’s 2-hour time frame, they will provide two to three session times, which are 30-40 minutes each.  Session will occur on two small grass sections of the park, which will allow Soccer Shots to provide classes for a maximum of 15-17 children during each 40-minute time slot. There is a registration fee to participate this activity, and registration is online at http://philly.ssreg.org

CPN is excited to bring this youth program to Cedar Park and look forward to fun and active fall season.

Download the Cedar Park Soccer Shot flyer

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GO WEST! Craft Fest this Saturday, April 14 at The Woodlands

The time is drawing near – GO WEST! Craft Fest is this weekend! It’s Saturday April 14, 11-5 at The Woodlands, 40th & Woodland, with a rain date of Sunday the 15th. If you’re not familiar with the Woodlands, it’s an amazing place, a historic cemetery, mansion and 54-acre green space, truly one of West Philly’s sweetest spots. The Fest will be on the lawn near the entrance, set apart from the actual cemetery.

Find unique, handcrafted wares like jewelry, ceramics, clothing, accessories, home accents, edibles, knitted & crocheted items, cards & paper goods, all-natural soaps & bodycare, terrariums, teas, toys and more, all made locally by fifty of Philly’s finest artisans, many of whom live right here in the neighborhood.

Plus: live entertainment! Old-timey bluegrass favorites Sour Mash will perform in the afternoon (time TBA). Jay Sand of All Around This World will do an interactive kids’ set of music from many nations at 1 pm. TinyCircus by Tangle will trapeze among the trees at 3 pm, and there will be random acts of juggling throughout the day.

Visitors may stroll the 54-acre grounds of the Woodlands and tour the 18th century neoclassical mansion, once home to botanist William Hamilton (grandson of Andrew Hamilton, the original “Philadelphia lawyer”). He collected and planted hundreds of trees on the Hamilton estate, and those that have survived the years are now some of our nation’s oldest living specimens. The Woodlands is also the eternal resting place of over 30,000 Philadelphians, including such notable figures as architect Paul Philippe Cret (1876-1945), financier Francis Martin Drexel (1792-1863), artist Thomas Eakins (1844-1916), abolitionist Mary Grew (1813-96), and surgeon Samuel Gross (1805-84).

All the details can be found at gowestcraftfest.blogspot.com.

We hope to see you there on the 14th. Weather reports are promising so far, so here’s hoping for a fine day of fun!

June 7: Next Steps in the Baltimore Avenue Conversation

Tuesday, June 7 at 7:00pm
People’s Baptist Church, 5039 Baltimore Avenue

Continuing on last year’s community conversation to revitalize Baltimore Avenue from 49th – 52nd Streets, the Community Design Collaborative and Cedar Park Neighbors want to gather the community to discuss next steps. The discussion will include a brief summary of the finalized report from last year and an update to the neighborhood on some initial efforts to move it forward.

Following this introduction, there will be brief presentations on the following community desires: senior/affordable housing, building facade improvements, fresh food grocery, greening the corridor, and garden center.

Speakers will include a representative from Friends Rehabilitation about the steps in the process involved in building senior/affordable housing with examples from projects they have built around Philadelphia. Joe McNulty, Cedar Park resident and Baltimore Ave. commercial corridor coordinator for the University City District, will talk about how commercial facade improvement programs work, what sorts of local and state grants and programs are available for Baltimore Ave. businesses. Leah Pillsbury from Mariposa Food Co-op will present information about their plan to expand their store to Beulah Tabernacle building at 49th and Baltimore, including expanding membership to new members, a larger store, more open shopping hours for non-members. Stephanie Chiorean from the Philadelphia Water Department will be speaking on greening plans for the City of Philadlephia and about their ambitious new plans to change the way Philadelphia manages storm water run-off. Danielle Denk will present about a new proposal to possibly bring a Garden Center to some of the empty lots at 51st and Baltimore.

We hope to see you there. Please feel free to invite all of your neighbors for what should be a very informative event.

For further information on the Baltimore Avenue Conversation please contact
Cedar Park Neighbors at 267-531-4147 or contact@cedarparkneighbors.org

Also please check out the Baltimore Avenue Community Corridor Design Study yourself online.


The link above has the entire study produced by the Community Design Collaborative with the help and input of everyone who came out and participated in the Baltimore Avenue Conversation project. You can view and flip through the book of the study online or download a copy for yourself at the link above. Thanks again for everyone who came out and provided input to the process.