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: Questions? Email us.

Take The Transit Survey

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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: 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

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

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!

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

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 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:

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