Spring Love Your Park Cleanup Day


On Saturday, May 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. join neighbors in a citywide parks clean-up day! In conjunction with Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Parks Committee of Cedar Park Neighbors will host a work day in Cedar Park at 49th and Baltimore.

Meet in the park to get our community green space looking great for spring. 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

4820 Chester Avenue Community Zoning Meeting (Courtesy Notice)

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There will be a community zoning meeting on Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m. at Kingsessing Recreation Center located at 4901 Kingsessing Avenue and convened by Southwest Philadelphia District Services, the coordinating Registered Community Organization (RCO) designated by the city for this variance request. The meeting will discuss the following property:

The Zoning Committee of Cedar Park Neighbors will attend this meeting convened by designated coordinating RCO Southwest District Services, and will report back to the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustments, which ultimately decides the variance request.

Please come out and be informed. If you cannot attend this meeting and wish to comment to CPN, please contact us at zoning@cedarparkneighbors.org or 267-BALT-AVE (267-225-8283).

5007 Cedar Avenue (Ahimsa House) Zoning Update


5007 Cedar Avenue (Ahimsa House), owned by Margaret Ferrigno, requested a Zoning variance from the City of Philadelphia for a permit for a three (3) family dwelling (multi-family household living) within an existing three-story semi-detached structure.

As a Registered Community Organization designated by the city, Cedar Park Neighbors (CPN) convened public community meetings on the variance request to report back to the city's Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA), which ultimately decides variance requests.

At CPN's April Community Zoning Meeting held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, the community voted in support (15 to 8) to grant the variance with provisos. The main provosios that would allow the current activities to continue provide that: 

  • Property owner continues to reside there - provisio would cease should the building be sold or used solely as a non-owner occupied rental property; 

  • Property owner follows current fire and food safety codes; and,

  • Property owner renews this variance after 3 years.

The results of the vote and CPN's intention to write a letter of support for the variance was announced at the end of the meeting. The Cedar Park Neighbors' Zoning Committee is currently in the process of drafting the letter of support to present to the city's Zoning Board of Adjustments, and will share the full letter once finalized.

The Zoning Board of Adjustments hearing for the variance for 5007 Cedar Avenue is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - the hearing time has not yet been posted by the city: https://www.phila.gov/li/pages/AppealsCalendar.aspx

All are welcome to attend the hearing in person and/or send a letter to the ZBA to share opinions on the reqested variance: 
Zoning Board of Adjustment
1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Update: 2019 Gary Bronson Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser!


Thank you to the more than 50 neighbors who came out to Dock Street in uncertain weather for our 12th Annual Gary Bronson Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser on April 14th!

We are additionally grateful to Ainy’e Clarke, one of 2018’s TWELVE scholarship award recipients, who was able to join us and share the genuine impact these funds and community support have had on her and her studies.

These scholarship funds exemplify the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors! To date, this year’s median donation is $100, and over 79% percent of our donors live in Cedar Park with almost the entire remainder coming from other West Philadelphia neighborhoods. We have raised approximately 70% of the funds necessary to match last year’s award numbers and amounts, and keep scholars motivated with care packages and academic break get-togethers.

To help us reach our goal, donate online or write a check to “Cedar Park Neighbors” memo line “Scholarships Committee” and mail to 4740 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143. Donations of any amount are appreciated! Sponsor donations with opportunities for recognition remain available - levels listed below.

Additionally, Cedar Park Neighbors’ Annual Meeting on Monday, April 15th will feature a Scholarship Applicant Information Session. The 2019 Gary Bronson Memorial Scholarship applications will be available in early May with the deadline to apply will be June 15, 2019 5:00 p.m. EST. .

Special thanks to our in-kind contributors, DJ Anthony Porter, Dock Street Brewery for helping defray fundraiser food costs, and Clarkville for covering the scholars’ Winter Social.

Finally, please mark your calendar for Friday, July 12th for the Gary Bronson Memorial Scholarship award ceremony in Cedar Park at 49th and Baltimore. The ceremony will take place during the 7:00 p.m. set break for the evening’s Cedar Park Jazz concert. In addition to presenting the scholarship awards to recipients, we will also be recognizing our sponsor level donors.


Sustaining Neighbor $1,000-$2,499

Fleming Family Fund

Benefactor Neighbor $500-$999

Fred Wolfe, Jr.

Philadelphia Federal Credit Union

Patron Neighbor $250-$499

Amara Rockar & Mustapha Berkshan

Darryl Bundrige

Duwayne Terry & Julia Katz Terry

Loco Pez West Philly

Melani Lamond, Realtor at City Block Team with Compass

Phil & Jocelyn Scribano

April Community Zoning Meeting

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Cedar Park Neighbors invites you to a community zoning meeting on Tuesday, April 16th at Calvary Community Center located at 48th and Baltimore Avenue (please use the small side door on Baltimore Avenue to the left of the WPMF sign) for the following properties:

  • 7:30 p.m. - 5110-5120 Pentridge Street (Pentridge Station Pop-Up Beer Garden) - Business owner requesting community support to operate for 2019 Summer season.

  • 8:00 p.m. - 5007 Cedar Avenue (Ahimsa House) - Second meeting for permit for a three (3) family dwelling (Multi-Family Household Living) within an existing three-story semi-detached structure.

Please come out and be informed. If you cannot attend this meeting and wish to comment on any of these, please contact CPN at zoning@cedarparkneighbors.org or 267-BALT-AVE (267-225-8283).

CPN Annual Meeting: Scholarship Applicant Info Session + Board Elections


On Monday, April 15th, please join Cedar Park Neighbors for our Annual Meeting at the Calvary Community Center at 48th & Baltimore (please use the 48th Street entrace for the Chapel). We will have our executive and board elections. You can review the slate of candidates here.

Additionally, Whitney Martinko, chair of our Scholarship Committee, will provide an overview of our Gary Bronson Memorial Scholarship program, including eligibility, application requirements, and timelines for prospective applicants, their families, their caring neighbors, or any else interested in encouraging a young resident of Cedar Park to apply! The presentation will conclude with a brief reflection on the 30 Year history of our Scholarship Committee and the lasting impact of its founder, now namesake, Gary Bronson.


  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Election Voting

  • 7:00-7:45 p.m. Scholarship Applicant Information Session + Q&A + 30 Years!

  • 7:45-8:00 p.m. Annual Meeting Budget & Treasury Report

  • 8:00 p.m. Election Results

  • 8:10-9:00 p.m. Board Meeting


To vote, you must be a current CPN member. Join (or renew membership) CPN now. Membership dues will also be accepted at the door via cash, check, or card.

Spring Cleanup at Cedar Park


On Saturday, April 13th from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, join Cedar Park Neighbors and our Parks Committee in a spring cleanup at Cedar Park at 49th and Baltimore!

It's time to get back outdoors and wake up the gardens! We'll be doing general clean out and prep of gardens and planting. The cleanup will happen as planned unless it is actively raining or snowing.

No experience necessary. Tools will be provided. All are welcome. Any ages.

Help us keep our park clean and green!