June Cleanup at Cedar Park

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On Saturday, June 8th from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, join Cedar Park Neighbors and our Parks Committee in a cleanup at Cedar Park at 49th and Baltimore!

It's time to ready the gardens for the busy Summmer season! We need community volunteers to help keep our park clean and safe. The cleanup will happen as planned unless it is actively raining.

No experience necessary. Tools will be provided. All are welcome. Any age and level of experience

Help us keep our park clean and green! Join us! Let us know you can help at parks@cedarparkneighbors.org

2019 Cedar Park Jazz Series Lineup


Cedar Park Jazz

Every Friday, June + July, 6 to 8 PM


Get ready! 

The 19th annual Cedar Park Jazz series returns this summer! Join Cedar Park Neighbors every Friday night in from 6 to 8 PM in Cedar Park through June and July for music, dancing, and community. Celebrate West Philly's incredible musical talent with an amazing lineup: 

July 12: BOBBY ZANKEL & THE WONDERFUL SOUND SIX + Intermission: CPN Gary Bronson Memorial Scholarship Award Presentation
July 19: DR. KETCHUP 
Rain Date (if needed): August 2

Bring your lawn chair, cooler, and dancing shoes!
Family-friendly event. 

Presented by Cedar Park Neighbors' Jazz Committee.


CPN Zoning Committee Support Letter for 5007 Cedar Avenue (Ahimsa House)


May 5, 2019

Frank DiCicco, Chair

Zoning Board of Adjustment

1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd. 11th Floor

Philadelphia, Pa. 19102

Re: 5007 Cedar Ave

Calendar # 36562

Dear Mr. DiCicco,

Cedar Park Neighbors (CPN) supports the application of Bryan Suchenski for the following temporary 2 year variance with the provisos listed below:

For a three (3) family dwelling in an existing three story semi detached structure

CPN held two public meetings with community residents and other local RCOs to review the proposed variance. The owner of the house operates a community-based outreach center in the first floor of the house, known as Ahimsa House. Ahimsa House offers various classes that are open to the public, performs food preparation, and distributes food to those in need.

At the March 19th meeting, many neighbors commented that there is a need in the community that Ahimsa House is serving; however, many neighbors also expressed concerns about the increasing scale of the operations that are being conducted in a residential block not zoned for this type of activity, and in a building zoned as a single family home. The owner, Margaret Ferrigno and her attorney, Bryan Suchenski, listened to these concerns from neighbors and the zoning committee members. At a second community meeting on April 16th, Ms. Ferrigno and Mr. Suchenski presented a set of provisos that they were willing to agree to, in order to limit the impact of Ahimsa House on near neighbors, and to provide for the safety of those who attend classes and other functions there.

The following provisos suggested by the owner of Ahimsa House and approved by the community are:

  • Ahimsa House activities and/ or other community outreach activities will only occur between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

  • No class or gathering will exceed 15 people

  • All exits will be labeled in accordance with the fire code

  • Food handling and temporary storage of food may occur provided:

    • At least one Serve-Safe certified individual is present on the property during food handling

    • Comply with food storage safety rules and regulations of the Philadelphia Code

    • Use of kitchen and/or storage space is strictly for non profit use

  • All activities will be managed by a legally recognized non-profit entity

  • The above provisos are limited to the current owner, Margaret Ferrigno, and only while 5007 Cedar Ave. is occupied as Ms. Ferrigno’s primary residence. The above provisos do not transfer to any subsequent owner(s) and do not apply to a non-owner occupied rental property

Forty-one people were present at the April 16 community meeting, including four members of the CPN zoning committee and two members of two other RCOs. The vote was 16 in support to 9 against. As per CPN policy, anyone associated with property requesting the variance is not eligible to vote, nor are residents who do not live within CPN boundaries. Attached are the sign in sheets for the April 16th meeting for reference. [Sign-in sheets omitted from website for personal information privacy.]


Shawn Markovich

Cedar Park Neighbors zoning committee



Bryan Suchenski, attorney

Timothy Cooper for Councilwoman Blackwell

City Planning Commission

Zoning Board of Adjustment

Garden Court Community Association

Kingsessing Spirit

Vision Zero at Transit Committee May Meeting


Cedar Park Neighbors invites you to a Transit Committee May Meeting featuring speakers from the city’s Vision Zero Task Force on Monday, May 13th at 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Black Box Basement Theater at Calvary Community Center located at 48th and Baltimore Avenue. To enter, please use the small side doors on either 48th Street or Baltimore Avenue and continue to the basement, past the restrooms on either side to the Black Box Theater.

The speakers will discuss Vision Zero, a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. 

The event is free and open to all ages, with doors opening at 6:45 p.m.

You can sign up for CPN Transit committee updates here: bit.ly/cpntransit Questions? Email us.

Take The Transit Survey

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Survey: bit.ly/cpntransitsurvey

Deadline: May 21st

The Cedar Park Neighbors Transit Committee ask all those who live or work in the Cedar Park neighborhood to take our short survey on walking, biking, driving, and public transit. Your input will help guide the committee’s priorities, inform decisions, and set a transit benchmark for the future.

Please take this 5 minute survey with an additional 10 optional minute section if you have the time: bit.ly/cpntransitsurvey The survey will close Monday, May 21st.

The common denominator of all who live, work, and pass through Cedar Park is the street. Well-connected, multi-modal transportation networks affect everything from our health to household expenses to traffic injuries. Our streets are the foundation for a safe and liveable community and provide settings for commerce and social interaction. Our streets are our public square; they must be equitable, accessible, and safe for the entire community. Good transit is good for our health, the environment, and our lives.

To solicit input from the full breadth of our community, the Transit Committee will also be reaching out offline to potential respondants with an abbreviated paper survey - click to download to complete and return or share with others!

If you have questions or would like to get involved, you can reach the Transit Committee at transit@cedarparkneighbors.org.

Spring Into Biking

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Are you and your bike ready to ride this Spring? Join Cedar Park Neighbors Transit Committee on Saturday, May 18th, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the pedestrian triangle at 50th and Baltimore for our first ever Spring into Biking event!

Stop by and get your bike freshened up courtesy of Firehouse Bikes, learn more about cycling in the city, or just chat with friends and neighbors! We will cap off the event with a group ride to Malcolm X Park and back, weather permitting.

Cycling is a great way to get around the city, and there's no better time than now to meet fellow riders and get your bike ready for the season.

All ages and levels of experience welcome. For more information, just email the Transit Committee at transit@cedarparkneighbors.org.

Parks Committee May Meeting


Cedar Park Neighbors invites you to a Parks Committee Meeting on Tuesday, May 7th at 7:30 p.m. in the Upper Board Room at Calvary Community Center located at 48th and Baltimore Avenue. To enter, please use the small side door on Baltimore Avenue to the left of the WPMF sign, and continue up to the second floor.

Free and all are welcome to attend! Our Parks Committee:

• Beautifies the park, maintains garden beds, and plants and cares for trees

• Involves local volunteers in gardening and clean-up work days

• Organizes annual Spring and Fall Love Your Park Service Days

• Fundraises and seeks grants for particular projects and needs

• And more!

Questions? Email us!