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A Headache for Queen Village Parents May Be Relieved

In  Queen Village, parents are having trouble finding decent and reliable child care for their infants and toddlers. These families have joined long waiting lists to deal with limited options when it comes to days, activities, food and education for their children. A headache for many residents, there is a shortage and demand for childcare.

At 420 Bainbridge Street, this 4,000 square foot location used to be the Life Management Medical Center. You will soon see Natalie Renn open her second location of The Giving Tree Infant and Toddler Center…if the license comes through. Her first location was specifically for daycare and preschool in the Logan Square area of Philadelphia.

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Their focus and mission is to provide exceptional child care for infants and toddlers under trained and professional supervision. Natalie trains her employees to focus on early childhood development, communication techniques, sleeping strategies and eating patterns.

They will offer a variety of learning and physical activities including; baby and me yoga classes, an inside mini gym, a backyard for play, trips to local playgrounds and parks. Just a few weeks away, they’re expecting to open their doors October but were talking about a license from the Department of Public Welfare. Hoping we do see them open soon, we need more Natalie’s in Philadelphia!

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Broad and Washington May See Some Changes.. We Hope!

Recently, a new proposal was heard for the huge vacant lot that sits at Broad and Washington, on the edge of Bella Vista and Passyunk Square. Remember the days of tents and Cirque du Soleil? Elisabeth Garson, a freelance creative director started with a big idea last year. A large scale, outdoor food and flea market with music and activities from March through September.

This proposed project “The Philadelphia Arts Market”, will host craft and flea market vendors, Philly’s favorite food trucks, a stage for local musicians, designated fitness areas and more. The mission is to create weekend ‘must-do’ activities for locals and visitors. Businesses can become engaged through sponsorships and funding while this attraction will be targeting families, young and old. This space is to be viewed as a weekend hot spot making use of this abandoned, eye sore lot.

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(Here’s a rendering from Passyunkpost.com)

Two alternate sites were mentioned in case this proposal is denied; one at Columbus and Reed and the other at Columbus and Oregon. Broad and Washington seem much more centralized that we are excited to follow this proposal. We hope to see this space transform into a weekend landmark for these neighborhoods.  To view more information on Elisabeth and her proposal click here.

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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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Hotel Transylvania

This week you can enjoy Movie Night at Shot Tower. On Wednesday August 21st from 8:15-11pm bring your blankets and chairs to enjoy the Hotel Transylvania (A family flick starring Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez). Refreshments and free admission are just some of the perks.

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Shot Tower Park in Queen Village is a historic landmark in Philadelphia. Back in the early 1800’s Shot Tower was built by local plumbers who revolutionized and manufactured musket balls. Originally built to manufacture hunting shots, by the War of 1812, the tower was producing ammunition which continued to be manufactured for the Civil War. The tower was no longer manufacturing by the early 1900’s but now remains a recreation center and city playground for local neighborhoods.

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Movies can also be viewed on certain Fridays in Hawthorne Park until September 27th. They begin at 7:30pm and invite the whole family as they offer activities for all ages until dusk. This coming Friday, August 23rd, the favorite Philly flick ‘Rocky’ will be showing. Also, catch a few showings at Penn’s Landing before summer ends!

After movies in the park, Headhouse Farmers Market is on Saturday (10am-2pm) followed by the Queen Village Book Club on Sunday. This club will meet at 7pm at Old Swedes Church. This meeting will discuss the novel The Dinner  by Herman Koch. From family movie nights, to farm fresh produce enjoy the summer sunshine while it lasts.

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