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Columbus Square Park Now.. and Three Years from Now.

Back in March, Passyunk Square Civic Association received a grant for design services towards Columbus Square Park (13th and Reed). The design services will be a pro-bono project from Community Design Collaborative who’s mission is ‘Strengthening Neighbors Through Design’. This non-profit has worked on several Philadelphia based projects including McCall Elementary School, SOAKITUP! and several more. At that time plans were established to renovate the park. Although the big question remained, would the playing field be part of this new plan?

Columbus Square Park Advisory Council and the Department of Parks and Rec. have met yet once again. After several discussions with designers, don’t expect the final plan anytime soon. One thing has been decided on, the playing field will stay. Woohoo! Talks of making the field smaller were mentioned, but again these plans have a long road ahead.

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(Looking through the entrance gates at 13th and Wharton)

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(Seating area outside of fenced in playing field. Some of these benches have been painted over recently.)

Some improvements are in need for Columbus Square Park because right now this park seems to be used and abused. Included in some of the initial plans are to enlarge the dog-park area and resurface with dog friendly synthetic grass. Added seating around the park as well as refurbishing the play-ground surface area eliminating the cracked tiles and making this safe for children. A water feature as well as shade veils have also been mentioned in this renovation. While these plans are still being smoothed out, the Community Design Collaborative hopes to have them complete by October.

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(…others need some lovin’)

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(Inside the playground area you can see many of these tiles lifting and splitting.)


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(Some have even caved in…)

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(Fenced in dog park area looking South. Not a very ‘paw friendly’ surface.)

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(‘The Roundhouse’, pretty run down if you ask us. Talks of a concession stand or arts center have been heard. Of course all contingent on the cost.)

Neighbors in this Passyunk Square community voiced and emailed their enforcement for these renovations. All of which felt that improving this park will keep kids out of trouble and create a better neighborhood community. Once these design plans are complete the fundraising begins which is estimated to take about one year.

So, Columbus Square Park, we look forward to seeing your new and improved green in about 3 years.

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Too Big? Too Small? Choosing the Size of Your New Home

Your home and rain guttersThough we’re past Superstorm Sandy and Winterstorm Athena, it’s still not too late to protect your home from damage. Now’s the time to consider making needed preparations to your home, from roof repairs and securing insulation to cleaning the rain gutters to make sure your home is safe to weather the storms. Surprisingly, clear rain gutters can do a lot to help your entire home, by protecting windows and doors, siding and even your home’s foundation from too much concentrated moisture.

Clearing your gutters of leaves and other objects requires the use of a ladder, so if you are afraid of heights or cautious about your abilities, you may consider hiring a handyman to complete this task. For those of you who enjoy the adventure of home repairs, however, clearing your gutters can be relatively easy if you follow the tips below.

  • Use a safe and solid ladder to reach your gutters. You will need to move the ladder frequently (do not try to stretch to reach far areas while standing on your ladder).
  • Wear protective gear, such as goggles and work gloves – you never know what you’ll find up there!
  • Use the right tools. A small hand shovel (even a plastic sand shovel) and bucket or disposable bag should be sufficient. You can also use a scrub brush as needed.
  • Test it out. Once the gutter is clear, use your garden hose to have a practice storm and track the flow of water racing through your cleaned rain gutter.
  • If all is well, your work is complete. If not, look closely at your drain pipes to make sure they are not clogged, as well, or evaluate is your gutter slope needs to be adjusted.

Clearing your rain gutters should be done at least once a year, depending on where your home is located. If you find your gutters require care more often, you may want to consider purchasing covers for them. For more tips on how to winterize your home, click here.

Going Green? Here are some helpful tips on how to winterize your home to be more energy efficient (and you’ll save money, too!)

What do I do if my car has been flooded?

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Seger Park Playground NOW OPEN!

Seger ParkThis past weekend, Philadelphia experienced warm temperatures throughout the region. Just in time to get get the kids out and about, Seger Park playground in Washington Square West opened on Friday!

Drew, my 8 year old daughter, loved all the new equipment added to the playground during our visit over the weekend. Take a stroll over soon to see for yourself all the great improvements made to this community space.

The playground renovations were made possible by The City of Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter, Councilman Frank DiCicco, Councilman Mark Squilla, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Sentaor Larry Farnese and Representative Babette Josephs.

Seger ParkWhile Phase One is finished, the Friends of Seger Park are still raising funds to complete Phase 2 of the project, the Sprayground. The Sprayground is an area where the children of Center City would be able to cool off in a safe, fun place during hot Philadelphia summers. The current water feature is broken, and the cost to repair it is prohibitive. The new sprayground will provide an essential play area and its innovative design will serve as the visual icon for the park. The Friends of Seger Park have already raised $50,000 complete the project, but still have $200,000 to go. To donate to these efforts, click here.

Live Love Philly will be announcing details on a City ribbon-cutting ceremony at Seger when they are revealed.

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