Open House at Winter Street

Parkway Safety - Your Feedback is Requested

posted Jun 23, 2019, 1:53 PM by David Cardy

The Parkway Council and Neighborhood Advocacy Committee is interested in your feedback regarding safety on and near the Parkway. This very short survey will only require a couple of minutes, and your response is greatly appreciated. We will be communicating this information to City administration. Note: the survey will close on July 12th at 5 p.m.


The survey link:

Parks on Tap, Mathias Baldwin Park, June 26-30

posted Jun 21, 2019, 10:16 AM by David Cardy

Parks on Tap starts next Wednesday June 26th at 5 PM. Friends of the Park will receive 1/2 of profits from the first 2 hours , so please join us on opening night.

Money earned from POT helps the Friends plan for needed improvements  to assist the Parks and Recreation Department. We are scheduled to spend $6,000 for perennial plant replacement in the barren sections of center of the park this fall. This will only begin the necessary renewal cycle for the large perennial beds. In the past we have used the funds for our website, doggie bags and special activities to encourage neighborhood awareness and appreciation of this 2 acre environmental sculpture designed by artist Athena Tacha.

Other events are annual Picnic in the Park from 1 to 3 PM on Saturday.
The June park cleanup is Saturday  the 22nd at 10 to 11 AM, as we prepare the park for visitors.

Sculpture Zoo in Logan Circle, June 22nd

posted Jun 6, 2019, 11:26 AM by David Cardy   [ updated Jun 6, 2019, 11:29 AM ]




A family-friendly event that brings

public art to life with live animals,

free sculpture workshops and

demonstrations,and free ice cream.

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Association for Public Art (aPA), with support from Culture Republick Ice Cream, presents Sculpture Zoo in Logan Circle” on Saturday, June 22nd from 11am to 2pm. All are invited to enjoy free, fun-filled activities that will enliven Swann Memorial Fountain on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. “Sculpture Zoo” is presented in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy.


Live animals – turtles, toads, and ducks – will be on site, inspired by the sculptures within the fountain. There will be animal sculpture demonstrations by Philadelphia-based artists and sculpture-making workshops for kids led by teaching artists.  To complement the summer event, Culture Republick will serve free samples of four different flavors of their probiotic ice cream.


Help aPA to bring sculpture to life! For more information, visit


·       Live Animals: Turtles, toads, and water fowl will be stationed near their sculpture counterparts at Swann Memorial Fountain. Representatives from the Academy of Natural Sciences, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and Cloverland Farms will be the animal handlers for the event.

·       Sculpture Workshops: Stop by any of three tents around Swann Memorial Fountain for artist-led sculpture making activities related to the existing sculptures and live animals. Participants will take their creations home and receive public art souvenirs, including customized sketchbooks and sculpture postcards.

·       Sculpture Demonstrations: Witness the unique sculpture-making process through sculpture demonstrations led by Philadelphia-based artists. The sculptors will share their unique techniques, working directly from life.

·       Listen to Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO: Public Art Ambassadors will offer information about Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO, aPA’s award-winning audio program that broadcasts fascinating stories about Philadelphia’s public art.

·       Free Ice Cream: Our Public Art Partner, Culture Republick, will be stationed nearby, serving free samples of four flavors of their light, probiotic ice cream: pistachio & salted caramel, chocolate & cherry, milk & honey, and cold brew & chocolate chip.


LSNA Annual Meeting

posted Jun 5, 2019, 1:06 PM by David Cardy   [ updated Jun 5, 2019, 1:18 PM ]

LSNA Annual Meeting

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

6:00 PM Refreshments; 7:00 PM Meeting Start

The Barnes Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway


 6:00      Meet and greet (and Member sign-in) w/ refreshments

 7:00      Call to Order & Consent Agenda:

·         Quorum Report

·         Thank you to Peg Zminda and Matthew Brogan and the Barnes Foundation

·         Approval of May 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

·         Judge of Election Appointment

 7:05      Announcements:

                     ·        Thanks To All Who Attended Mural Painting At Matthias Baldwin Park!

                     ·        5th Annual Sky High Block Party: June 17, 2019 (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

                     ·        Parks on Tap at Matthias Baldwin Park; June 26-June 30, 2019                                                                                       (

                     ·      Friends of Coxe Park: 2019 Movie Night: Friday, September 13, 2018; Captain Marvel!

                     ·      LSNA Block Party: September 15, 2019 (4:00 pm to 8:00 pm); Edward Novack

                     ·      LSNA Neighborhood Plan Revision Update; Sam Little

 7:10      Presentations:

                     ·        Council President Darrell Clarke

                     ·        Zia Food Philly, Paula Jones, Founder

 8:05      Annual Meeting Business:

                     ·        Rob Stuart Memorial Award, Sarah Clark Stuart

                     ·        Budgets-E-mail Colleen Walsh

                     ·        LSNA Board & Officer Elections

                     ·        Consent Agenda

 8:20      LSNA Year in Review

 8:30      Old Business, if any

 8:35      New Business, if any

 8:40      Adjourn

(Next meeting @ The Franklin Institute)

5th Annual Sky High Block Party, June 17th

posted May 31, 2019, 9:04 AM by David Cardy

5th Annual LSNA/CCRA Sky High Block Party
Join your LSNA and CCRA neighbors at the fun 5th Annual event to be held at the Pyramid Club on June 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thanks to our friends at the Pyramid Club for sponsoring this great event.

Note: You must register to attend. Please click here to Register.

Sister Cities Park Prepares to Launch Summer Programming

posted May 23, 2019, 11:07 AM by David Cardy

PHILADELPHIA (May 22, 2019): Sister Cities Park will flourish this summer as new and returning programs engage visitors of all ages. With unique amenities, such as the Earth Fountain and Children’s Discovery Garden and Boat Pond, this one-of-a-kind park offers a safe play space for young children and great place for adults for a snack, tea or coffee with great views of Swann Fountain on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Sister Cities Café, which celebrated its grand re-opening this past week with new management, specializes in fresh and tasty cuisine, featuring both kid-friendly favorites and grownup fare. The café proudly serves a variety of La Colombe coffee products.


This season, Sister Cities Park guests are invited to enjoy:


Parkway Pals

Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays

June 3 through August 21, 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.


Parkway Pals returns to Sister Cities Park for a gaggle of good times! Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning will feature unique and educational programming created especially for children ages 2-7, led by a variety of Parkway institutions. Laughter and learning will be the main focus during this free series. The schedule includes:


Mondays, 10:30 a.m.: Story Art

-        Stop by for story readings with the Free Library of Philadelphia, followed by nature-inspired activities from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

                 11:30 a.m.: Art in the Park

-        Preview the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s summer family festival, Art Splash, with a hands-on collage activity.

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.: Woven Together

-        The Fabric Workshop and Museum will present engaging textile, craft and hands-on activities inspired by the museum’s current exhibit, Sonya Clark:Monumental Cloth, the Flag You Should Know.

     11:30 a.m.: Nature in the Park

-        Join the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University this summer for exciting natural science activities. Young scientists will go wild with fun games, experiments and unique activities involving animals, bugs and dinosaurs!

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.: Grow up Green

-        Outdoor play inspires a greater connection with the outdoor world. Each week’s activity will be introduced by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation staff. Perfect for children ages 3 and over.

         11:30 a.m.: Young Science Hour

-        Discover how science is all around us with The Franklin Institute. This summer, there will be unique demonstrations, experiments and hands-on activities all about space, robotics, the earth and more!

Participants and their parents are encouraged to stick around after the programs end. The Library in the Park Book Cart will be on display during park hours. In partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia and with support from TD Bank, the cart gives kids the opportunity to learn at their leisure. A children’s lounging area is provided for youngsters to relax as they read.


Sips at Sister Cities Park:


June 5 through August 28, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.


The newly re-opened Sister Cities Café will participate in this year’s Center City Sips promotion. With a unique and refreshing menu, this one-stop-shop for drinks and grub will offer $6 cocktails, including EFFEN Vodka ”Sister Cities Palmers,” $5 wine and $4 Bud Light, plus half-priced appetizers. The completely redesigned venue has indoor and outdoor seating, a green roof and massive glass windows. Parents, neighbors and passersby will love the café’s relaxed atmosphere, a welcoming option for Sippers looking to enjoy a laid-back happy hour.


Live at Sister Cities Park:


June 6 through August 29, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.


An impressive lineup of local singer-songwriters will return to headline Live at Sister Cities Park! Formerly known as Pairings on the Parkway, this free concert series allows guests of all ages to soak up the sounds of summer.  Surrounded by lush greenery and plantings, BYO blankets will scatter the lawn as children splash in the Earth Fountain. Grownups will love the new Sister Cities Café menu, which will include seasonal favorites and kid-friendly snacks. Wine, beer and cocktails will also be available for purchase. This year’s setlist includes:


June 6: Jeff Campbell

June 13: Nelly’s Echo

June 20: Matt Santry

6/27: Nathan Angelo

7/11: Hadar

7/18: Everything Turned to Color

7/25: Tony Lucca

8/1: Chris James (opener)

8/1: Nalani & Sarina

8/8: Joy Ike

8/15 Masila Muli

8/22: Emily Drinker

8/29: The Quixote Project

*No program on July 4


Schedule is subject to change. Sister Cities Park is located at 210 N 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103. For the latest information on all summer events, visit




Sister Cities Park was first dedicated in 1976 in recognition of Philadelphia's commitment to the international Sister Cities program. The park was redesigned and rededicated in 2012. Like the international flags that are on display along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Sister Cities Park celebrates Philadelphia's commitment to strengthening global economic ties and cultural understanding. The Sister Cities program links Philadelphia to the world by creating special relationships with eight Sister Cities and three Partnership Cities in 10 countries, which include: Florence, Italy; Tel Aviv, Israel; Torun, Poland; Tianjin, China; Incheon, Korea; Douala, Cameroon; Nizhny Novgorod, Russia; Kobe, Japan; Aix-en-Provence, France and Abruzzo, Italy. In July 2015, the German city of Frankfurt am Main also was added to the list. For more information on the program, visit

The Center City District, a private-sector organization dedicated to making Center City Philadelphia clean, safe and attractive, is committed to maintaining Center City’s competitive edge as a regional employment center, a quality place to live, and a premier regional destination for dining, shopping and cultural attractions. Find us at and on Facebook and Twitter.

Mural Paint Day, Baldwin Park, June 1

posted May 20, 2019, 8:59 AM by David Cardy   [ updated May 20, 2019, 9:04 AM ]

Mural Paint Day - Baldwin Locomotive (June 1st, 12-3 p.m. at Matthias Baldwin Park)
Join us as we paint a new mural about the Baldwin Locomotive Works as it relates to the history of the Logan Square neighborhood. This new mural, by local artist, Phillip Adams, features the locomotive that is housed in the Franklin Institute and connects to the current park use of the surrounding area.

This paint day offers an opportunity for Logan Square family and friends to get involved in the production of this exciting new mural. No previous experience is required. The event is free and open to the public; all ages are welcome.

WHEN: Saturday June 1, 2019 - 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Matthias Baldwin Park, 423 N. 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Please note: in the event of rain, we will be holding the paint day indoors at the same time but at a different location: Mural Arts' Office, 1729 Mt. Vernon St.

Road Closures and Parking for Political Rally, Saturday, May 18th

posted May 17, 2019, 6:30 AM by David Cardy   [ updated May 17, 2019, 6:32 AM ]

Below, please find the press release for Saturday’s political rally at Eakins Oval:

PHILADELPHIA — On Saturday, May 18, 2019, the Joe Biden presidential campaign will host a rally on Eakins Oval (2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway). The event is open to the public.


To ensure the safety of participants and the public, road closures and parking restrictions will be implemented. Delays can be expected during the course of the event. Motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes and allow for extra driving time in areas near the event. Double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal, will be strictly enforced.


Road Closures


The event will commence at 1:00 p.m., with gates opening to the public at 11:00 a.m. It is scheduled to conclude at 2:30 p.m.


The following streets will be closed starting at 9:00 a.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18:


• Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and 22nd Street — center lanes only

• Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 22nd Street and Eakins Oval — all lanes

• 23rd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

• Spring Garden Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

• Kelly Drive (outbound) from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue

• Kelly Drive (inbound) between 25th Street and Fairmount Avenue — local access maintained to Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive via 25th Street

• Martin Luther King Drive between Eakins Oval and Sweetbriar Drive

• Spring Garden Street Bridge at 31st Street — local access maintained to Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive


Starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, inbound (eastbound) traffic on Kelly Drive must exit Kelly Drive at Fairmount Avenue due to the closure of the outer lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Benjamin Franklin Parkway cross traffic will be permitted on numbered streets as conditions allow.


The Philadelphia Museum of Art and other Parkway institutions will remain OPEN for business on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Visitors are encouraged to check individual websites for hours of operation.


Those wishing to access the west side of the Philadelphia Museum of Art must turn right on Pennsylvania Avenue from Fairmount Avenue, turn right on 25th Street and continue onto Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive. Those wishing to access the Barnes Foundation should follow Fairmount Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue and turn right, following Pennsylvania Avenue to 21st Street—then, turn right at 21st Street and make the first left onto Callowhill Street to access the Barnes Foundation parking lot.


Streets will be serviced and reopened as attendees disperse. It is expected that a number of the affected streets listed above will be opened to vehicular traffic prior to 4:00 p.m.

Attendees are advised to use caution when crossing streets, follow traffic signals, and obey instruction provided by the Philadelphia Police Department.


Parking Restrictions


The following streets will be posted as “Temporary No Parking” zones from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18:

• Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 22nd Street to Eakins Oval — all lanes, both sides

• 22nd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Winter Street — both sides

• 2100-2200 Spring Garden Street — both sides

All “Temporary No Parking” signs must be obeyed. Vehicles parked in these locations during posted hours will be relocated.


Public Transportation


SEPTA bus routes will be detoured from their normal routes through the Benjamin Franklin Parkway area beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 through approximately 4:00 p.m. Detours will be posted, and specific route changes are available on the System Status page at

It is recommended that guests utilize public transportation options for travel to and from the event. If driving into Center City is necessary, commercial off-street parking lots and garages are conveniently located near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Eakins Oval. Attendees should contact individual facilities in advance for rates and availability or visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s website at for a list of parking options.


Entry Information and ADA Drop-Offs


The general admission entry gate to the rally will be located on the north side of Eakins Oval. Due to event-related road closures, it is recommended that guests with mobility issues arrange for drop-off in the area of Pennsylvania Avenue and Spring Garden Street. This will provide the most direct route to the rally location at Eakins Oval. After drop-off, proceed southwest on Spring Garden Street towards Eakins Oval, and volunteers will direct you to the closest entry gate.


Public Safety Information


Drones and any other small, unmanned aircraft are not permitted. The full list of prohibited items includes:


• Purses or bags larger than 4’’x6’’

• Backpacks (clear bags permitted)

• Cinch bags

• Briefcases

• Coolers

• Luggage of any kind

• Placards

• Homemade signs and banners

• Alcoholic beverages

• Umbrellas

• Flags

• Drones/UAS

• Weapons of any kind


Leave no bags or items unattended. In an emergency or to report a suspicious person, activity or item—such as a backpack, package or container—notify a police officer immediately or call 9-1-1. Do not try to open, move, cover or touch a suspicious item.


The public should expect congestion in the area. Individuals attending the event should make a plan regarding driving, public transit, parking, and supervision of children. Attendees should also be prepared to wait to enter and exit the event area. It is recommended that attendees wear comfortable, weather-appropriate attire.


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Fairmount Sports - Nothing is going on Von Colln Field or Roman Field, although vehicular access to Roman Field parking lot will be impossible between 9am and approx. 4pm due to security-related closures.  

Candidate Questionnaire Responses

posted May 14, 2019, 11:12 AM by David Cardy

I'm pleased to report that 16 candidates for City Council took the time to respond to our candidate questionnaire.  


The responses are attached as a PDF and can be accessed here as well: 


LSNA May Board Meeting

posted May 13, 2019, 8:49 AM by David Cardy   [ updated May 15, 2019, 5:25 AM ]

LSNA Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

7:00 PM

Mormon Meeting House

1682 Wood St, Philadelphia, PA 19103


 6:45      Meet/Greet and Board Member Sign-In

 7:00      Call to Order:

·         Quorum Report

·         Thank you to Bishop Choules & Mike Kramer

·         Approval of April Board Meeting Minutes

 7:05      Announcements:

                     ·        LSNA Shred-It Event Thank You Colleen Walsh!

                     ·        Love Your Park 2019; Thank You Volunteers!

                     ·        2019 LSNA Block Party, Volunteers Needed! Contact Ed Novack

                     ·        Biden and his family will speak at Eakins Oval at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019. The event                               opens its "doors" at 11 a.m.

                     ·        Matthias Baldwin Park Scavenger Hunt; May 18, 2019 (9:30 pm - 12:00 pm)                                                         (

                     ·        Parks on Tap at Matthias Baldwin Park; June 26 - June 30, 2019 (

                     ·        Jim Fennell's Construction Photos of the Month

 7:10      Presentations:

                     ·        Nominations Committee Update; David Searles, Chair

                     ·        Cathedral Master Plan (1701 Race Street); Vote Required

                     ·        2000 Arch Street (Parkway Corporation); Vote Required

 8:40      Consent Agenda

 8:45      Zoning Report

 8:50      Old Business, if any

 8:55      New Business, if any

 9:00      Adjourn

(Next meeting @ the Barnes Foundation)

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