Open House at Winter Street

Show Your Appreciation For 1st Responders

posted Aug 16, 2017, 6:09 PM by David Cardy   [ updated Aug 16, 2017, 6:11 PM ]

2017 First Responders Appreciation Day will be held August 17th.  


LSNA will provide hoagies to the 9th District Police Station staff, as well as the Fire Department (Engine 43) at 21st & Market Sts. to recognize this day for our first responders.


Everyone is invited to participate in showing appreciation for the dedicated men and women who are willing to step in harm's way for our safety.   Notes of appreciation for their service, cards, drawings, anecdotes, even cakes, are all welcomed.  Please forward your thank yous or questions to:

Special Happy Hour at Parks on Tap on Wednesdays

posted Aug 8, 2017, 5:12 AM by David Cardy   [ updated Aug 8, 2017, 5:17 AM ]

Help support our parks. On Wednesday, 50% of the proceeds go back to Aviator Park. Support Friends of Aviator Park with the opening of Parks on Tap, Wednesday, August 9th from 5-7pm at Aviator Park, 20th St and the Parkway.

Coxe Park Movie Night Postponed to Tomorrow, July 25th

posted Jul 24, 2017, 2:25 PM by David Cardy   [ updated Jul 24, 2017, 2:32 PM ]

Unfortunately, the weather forecast for 
tonight has forced the postponement of the Coxe Park Movie Night until Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 8:00 pm (approx).

Coxe Park Movie Night, July 24th

posted Jul 20, 2017, 7:07 AM by David Cardy   [ updated Jul 20, 2017, 7:20 AM ]

Sing (2016 animated comedy with Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon)

DATE: Monday, July 24th

TIME: 8:00 pm (approx)

PLACE: Coxe Park (2136 Cherry St)

NOTE: Bring your own blankets or lawn chairs.

Shakespeare Park Ribbon Cutting 10am Today

posted Jul 20, 2017, 6:19 AM by David Cardy   [ updated Jul 20, 2017, 6:25 AM ]

Mayor Jim Kenney, Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis, and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell will join state and city officials and community members to celebrate the opening of the new Shakespeare and Pennypacker Parks located in front of the Free Library of Philadelphia and old Family Court Building on the Ben Franklin Parkway.


City officials will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Shakespeare and Pennypacker Parks.


Mayor Jim Kenney
Kathryn Ott Lovell, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner
Michael DiBerardinis, Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia
Leslie Richards, Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation
Siobhan Reardon, President and Director of Free Library of Philadelphia


Shakespeare Park, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 19th and 20th Streets, in front of The Free Library of Philadelphia
Thursday, July 20
th, 10:00 am
A Shakespeare impersonator will interact with the crowd before and after speaking program. City officials will join community members to cut ribbon at Shakespeare Park.

This Oval+ Opens This Week

posted Jul 17, 2017, 6:31 AM by David Cardy   [ updated Jul 17, 2017, 9:34 AM ]

Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation will host the fifth summer of The Oval with expanded programming this year called The Oval+ presented by PNC.

Opening day is Thursday, July 20th at 11am.

The Oval+ will be open Wednesdays through Sundays 11am-11pm through August 20th. Free
activities include an interactive art installation, a maze, 9-hole mini golf, bean bag toss, chalkboards, Legos, Connect Four, ping pong, a sandbox, chess and checkers in addition to the great offerings for our themed days; Wellness Wednesdays, Arts & Culture Thursdays, Food & Flicks Fridays, Game Day Saturdays and Family Fun Sundays. For the full schedule, visit

Beer Garden hours: Wednesday-Friday: 5-11pm; Saturday-Sunday: 2-11pm

In addition to programs at Eakins Oval, programming will be expanded to include Aviator Park and Shakespeare Park.

Read more about the vision for this year's Oval+ in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Schedule For Center City Street Resurfacing

posted Jul 11, 2017, 6:35 AM by David Cardy   [ updated Jul 11, 2017, 6:36 AM ]

Temporary Street Closures and Parking Restrictions Expected During the Evening

Philadelphia – Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams announced today that temporary street closures and parking restrictions to accommodate street resurfacing in Center City will begin tonight, July 10. The resurfacing work is expected to be completed by early August.

The following streets are scheduled for resurfacing:

• 20th Street from South Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway

• Callowhill Street from 2nd Street to Broad Street

• Manning Street from 18th Street to 20th Street

• Chancellor Street from 20th Street to 21st Street

• Ranstead Street from 19th Street to 21st Street

• Commerce Street from 19th Street to 20th Street

• Pearl Street from 11th Street to 12th Street

• Wood Street from 11th Street to 12th Street

• Front Street from Arch Street to Market Street

• Delancey Place from 19th Street to 20th Street

• Watts Street from Race Street to Vine Street

• 1400 Block of Appletree Street

The resurfacing effort will be completed in three separate phases – street milling, the adjustment of manhole covers and utility boxes, and final paving.  Milling work will be performed between 7pm and 6am.  Milling of each street segment is expected to last approximately two nights per street.  Manhole and utility box adjustments will be scheduled during the day between the hours of 7am and 4pm, and are expected to last approximately one week per street. Lastly, operations for the final paving will be performed between 7pm and 6am.  The final paving of each street segment is expected to last approximately two nights per street.

There will be parking restrictions in place to complete the work.  Temporary ‘No Parking’ signs will be posted in advance of each scheduled activity.  Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling around the work areas.

The milling/utility box adjustment work is being completed by James J. Anderson Construction Co, Inc. The project is being financed with 100% City Capital Budget funds.

The Streets Department thanks the citizens in advance for their patience and cooperation during this project.

LSNA July Board Meeting

posted Jul 7, 2017, 1:34 PM by David Cardy   [ updated Jul 7, 2017, 1:39 PM ]

LSNA Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

7:00 PM

The Pennsylvania Horitcultural Society

100 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103


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

 7:00      Call to Order:

·         Quorum Report

·         Thank you to Matt Rader, Matt Dougherty, Lauren Cruz, Richard Lynch and The Pennsylvnaia Horticultural Society

·         Approval of June Annual Meeting Minutes

 7:05      Announcements:

·        Parks on Tap, Aviator Park: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 to Sunday August 13, 2017; Happy Hour benefiting the FoAP; Wednesday August 2, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

·        Friends of Coxe Park: 2017 Movie Night: Monday, July 24, 2017

·        Parkway Study Event Update

·        Parkway Council Request of Support for Parkway 100

·        Jim Fennell's Month of Sconstruction Pictures

  7:15      Presentation

                     ·         LSNA 2017-2018 Budget

                     ·        Rob Stuart Memorial Award; Sarah Clark Stuart

                     ·        Indego Bike Share Presentation, Aaron Ritz, City of Philadelphia Office of Transportation

 7:45      Presentation

                     ·         352 N. 16th St (1600 Callowhill St)

 8:10      Consent Agenda 

 8:15      Zoning Report

 8:20      Old Business, if any

 8:25      New Business, if any

 8:30      Adjourn

Free tickets to The Mann, July 25th, 8:00 PM

posted Jul 6, 2017, 6:40 PM by David Cardy   [ updated Jul 6, 2017, 6:42 PM ]

Hi, my name is Preston Carey. I’m a seasonal intern at The Mann Center reaching out to your association to provide free tickets to A Space Odyssey Presented by PNC Arts Alive with The Philadelphia Orchestra.  Pack a picnic, relax with family and sit under the stars on Tuesday, July 25. This evening is a tribute concert to Colonel Guion Bluford, Jr. the first African American in space, who will be honored onstage during this out-of-this-world concert experience. Highlights include John Williams’, “Adventures on Earth” from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Leonard Bernstein’s “Balcony Scene”, from West Side Story, Gustav Holst’s “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity”from The Planets, and many more.


In terms of our mission, The Mann strives to not only provide high-quality entertainment, but also to be a valued asset to our Fairmount Park neighbors and to the Greater Philadelphia region. Please extend our invitation to all in your association to enjoy an evening of music under the stars on our beautiful Great Lawn. The web address below can be used to register for complimentary tickets to A Space Odyssey.


Click below to register for Free admission:


More information about our entire Mann season and this concert please visit


Summertime at the Mann is a beautiful season; flowers bloom before our eyes just as the season’s musical performances slowly change from ideas into realities. It is truly exciting for many, including myself.  


We hope to see you there!

City and Festival Officials Announce Plans for Upcoming Wawa Welcome America! Events

posted Jun 30, 2017, 4:36 AM by David Cardy   [ updated Jun 30, 2017, 4:40 AM ]

PHILADELPHIA  – Philadelphia is rolling out the red-white-and-blue carpet at the Wawa Welcome America! festival with more than 50 events over six days to observe Independence Day, beginning Thursday, June 29 through Tuesday, July 4.

Philly is at its finest on the Fourth – from Independence Hall in the historic district to Eakins Oval in America’s greatest cultural corridor. The Independence Day activities feature 12 hours of non-stop celebrations citywide including fireworks displays from river to river -- Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Schuylkill River. The day of holiday partying ends with a spectacular concert (7 p.m.) and grand fireworks that will light up The Parkway skies like a giant pinball machine (approximately at 9:30 p.m.).
“When you think of July Fourth, you think of Philadelphia first,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “With our history and iconic beauty, Wawa Welcome America! showcases our nation’s birthplace -- from the patriotic pageantry on the most historic square mile in America at Independence Mall to the fantastic fireworks over the Rocky steps of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. I am also happy to announce the return of the Mayor’s Magis Award in 2017 honoring Ralph Galati – a Vietnam War veteran who is director of the Office of Veterans Services at St. Joseph’s University -- as our ‘everyday citizen hero’.” 
City officials and Welcome America! organizers are encouraging the public to come and enjoy the festival activities through July 4th. Here are operational details for the citywide festival:
Festival Activities
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the 2017 Wawa Welcome America festival is a fabulous fusion of Philadelphia’s culture, humanitarianism, heritage and hospitality. The schedule recently announced by Welcome America, Inc. and Live Nation Philadelphia highlights free, family-friendly celebrations -- major concerts featuring Mary J. Blige and The Philly POPS® BIG Band, a hometown Boyz II Men tributePhilly-style block parties, giant patriotic sand sculptures, art exhibitions, military commemorations, movie screenings, Wawa hoagie giveaways and kids’ educational events. For more information, visit or stay connected or follow the festival on
Road Closures
Areas across the city including streets near Independence Mall and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be impacted by Wawa Welcome America! activities. Expect delays. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes, avoid areas near festivities, allow for extra driving time and proceed with caution near these events. Due to increased activity and security surrounding the Wawa Welcome America! events, parking and traffic regulations will be strictly enforced. Many roads adjacent to event sites will be posted with no-parking signage for the public. The following are the scheduled road closures, including set-up and deconstruction of staging/event equipment, on Independence Mall in the historic district and on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway:
Thursday, June 29
Wawa Hoagie Day
Event begins at noon on the lawn of the National Constitution Center.
Arch Street, between 5th and 6th streets, will be closed, as necessary, for crowd safety, between11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Friday, June 30
Pops Concert stage construction 
Chestnut Street, between 5th and 6th streets, will be closed, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 1
Pops Concert ongoing stage construction 
Chestnut Street, between 5th and 6th streets, will be closed, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, July 3
Philadelphia Historic District Block Party and The Philly POPS on Independence
Noontime event activity on July 3rd until 10 p.m., including televised Pops on Independence concert, beginning at 7 p.m.
Chestnut Street, between 5th and 6th streets, from 6 a.m. through the post-event break-down of the festivities onJuly 4 at about 5 p.m.
5th Street, between Market and Walnut streets Including Ranstead and Ludlow Streets, between 4th and 5th streets, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
6th Street, between Arch and Chestnut streets, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
6th Street, between Market and Chestnut will remain closed overnight until the post-event break down of the festivities on July 4th at about 5 p.m.
For preparation of July 4th activities on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (Party on the Parkway and Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert & Fireworks)
The inner lanes of the Parkway, between 20th and Eakins Oval, will be closed, from 9:30 a.m. until July 5th at 5 a.m. (Outbound lanes will reopen for evening rush hour on Monday, July 3rd).
Tuesday, July 4 / Independence Day
Celebration of Freedom Ceremony, United States of America’s Independence Day Parade, and related Wawa Welcome America activities on Independence Mall.  Activities take place throughout the day, beginning at 10 a.m.
Chestnut Street, between 5th and 6th streets, from the prior-day closures will be in effect until 5 p.m.
6th Street, between Market and Chestnut streets, from prior day until 5 p.m.
The following streets will be closed or effected by the parade (all times are approximate):
  • Chestnut Street, from 5th to Front streets, and Front Street, from Market to Dock streets, will be  closed on July 4th, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., for the set-up of the parade.
  • Chestnut Street, from 6th to 9th Street; 9th Street, from Walnut to Market streets; and Market Street, from 10th to Front streets, will close at about 10:45 a.m. until about 2 p.m. All cross streets (9th, 8th, 7th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd) will be closed during the parade -- one block back from the parade route (Arch or Walnut), to allow traffic to be diverted around the parade.

All streets affected by the parade will be cleaned before being re-opened to vehicular traffic.
The Sons of the Revolution Parade will require the closure of Walnut Street, from 2nd to 6th streets, for about 20 minutes while the parade moves to its dispersal point on the 500 block of Walnut Street on the south side of Independence Hall. The parade is scheduled to start at 12:15 pm.
Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert & Fireworks in The Parkway Vicinity 
All lanes and the entire width of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from 18th to the Art Museum, will be closed beginning at 5 a.m. until clean-up is completed early on July 5th. The Parkway, from 15th to 18th streets, may be closed, depending on the volume of pedestrian traffic. Activities include three events; the first one begins atnoon.
A limited-access perimeter (event participants and Parkway-area residents only) will be established, from 18th to 25th streets, and from Arch to Spring Garden streets, beginning at 5 a.m. until the clean-up is complete in the early hours of July 5th.
The Parkway, from 20th to 25th streets, will be closed for extensive cleanup overnight until about 5 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5th.
For maps of street closures:
Public Transit
City officials urge the public to either walk to the events or take SEPTA. Public transportation is an easy way to get in and out of Center City or around the historic district. SEPTA will run extra service on July 4th to get people to and from the Wawa Welcome America activities. Additional trains will be deployed on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines, both of which stop near the festival sites. There will be extra service on City Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36 after the evening fireworks on July 4th, as needed.
Bus routes that operate on The Parkway and other areas in Center City will be detoured to accommodate road closures. Detour routing will be posted on SEPTA’s website closer to the holiday. Check SEPTA’s website,, for full details on transit options. For information on NJTransit routes and schedules on July 4, visit
The Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop will operate a special holiday service on Monday, July 4th. For only $2 per ride or $5 per day, the PHLASH is the quick, convenient, and affordable way to access 22 key destinations across the city. Purchase passes (with exact change) onboard, at any Visitor Center location, or online. For updated holiday route detour and schedule information, visit, or call 800-537-7676.
Parking Information 
For-pay parking lots and garages conveniently are located on or near the Parkway. Call individual facilities ahead for parking options, prices and availability, or visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority website for information on some of these parking facilities at In the historic district, there are many options including the AutoPark garage underneath the Independence Visitor Center at 5th and 6th streets, between Market and Arch streets:
Venue Rules and Public Safety Information   
The vicinity of the Parkway and concert (a boundary from at least 20th & the Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and adjacent areas), will be secured and protected for a safe ad fun celebration. Throughout July 4th, the City will provide enhanced law-enforcement and emergency medical services. The City and Welcome America! are coordinating with local, state and federal public safety authorities to ensure everyone can enjoy the Fourth of July.
Those attending the July 4th activities can do their part by making a plan regarding driving, public transit, parking, supervision of children and wearing comfortable, seasonal attire.
City officials are urging the public to refrain from bringing alcohol, coolers, open containers or cooking equipment to ensure a safe and fun festival experience. Barbecuing on the Parkway, contraband and illegal substances (firearms or fireworks) are absolutely prohibited.
Keep possessions and bags with you always, and do no leave them unattended.
In emergencies or to report a suspicious person, activity or item (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.
Information booths on the Parkway and EMS first aid stations are located on the north and south sides of 23rdStreet and the Parkway
Take missing or lost persons, including children, to the Red Cross Tent, next to north First Aid Tent at 23rd and the Ben Franklin Parkway/ Art Museum Drive.
During the Party on the Parkway event, from noon to 7 p.m.lost items can be dropped off at various Wawa Welcome America Information Booths. During the July 4th concert, beginning at 7 p.m., take lost items to the Operations Trailer at 22nd Street and The Parkway.
“Location markers” will be posted to easily identify a location on the Parkway and Eakins Oval (by letter and number, for example: K-1) to facilitate communicating during the activities, especially in the event of an emergency.
Emergency Weather and Alerts:
In the case of severe weather, listen for announcements and sign up online ahead of time to receive emergency texts or e-mail alerts at Plan for a safe informed holiday. 

  • Heat-related precautions Information:

With potential high temperatures, there is a risk of heat-related health issues. City Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel will be on duty all day at accessible First Aid Stations and will be on patrol to monitor activities. Many heat stress or heat exhaustion issues can be avoided by taking simple precautions.

  •  Follow all proper precautions to protect yourselves and your families against the heat elements.
  • All festival-goers should stay hydrated by drinking lots of water; avoid non-alcoholic liquids, caffeine and excessive layers of clothing.
  • Consider the Three L’s Rule: light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting. Wear garments made of natural fibers like cotton.

 For more tips to beat the heat, visit and


Cultural and Historical Institutions
Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center will be open, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., through September 4, and open until 8 p.m. on July 1, 2 and 4.The West Wing, Old City Hall and Congress Hall will be open, from 9 a.m. to  5 p.m., on July 4.
For information about free events celebrating Independence Day in Independence National Historical Park and Historic Philadelphia, visit the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets (open 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., from July 1 to July 4), or online at ( Share your experience enjoying America’s Birthday in its Birthplace on social media using #HistoricPhilly.
The July 4th schedules for cultural institutions in the Benjamin Franklin Parkway area vary; some museums will maintain normal Tuesday hours for the holiday, while others are closed. For more information, or the museums’ individual websites.
Portable toilets, including ADA-compliant units, will be available for activities throughout the Ben Franklin Parkway, from 21 Street to Art Museum Drive.
ADA Information
Most buildings in the historic park district are accessible including Benjamin Franklin Museum, Congress Hall, Declaration House, Great Essentials Exhibit, Independence Visitor Center Independence Hall, Liberty Bell Center, Old City Hall and Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank. Accessible restrooms are available in the Independence Visitor Center, the Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank and in the Benjamin Franklin Museum. ​Wheelchairs are available for borrowing at the Independence Visitor Center for use while in the park. All park ranger-led outdoor tours are on paved walks and use curb cuts. Most cover only 3-to-4 blocks, and are suitable for people of all abilities.
Trash Removal
All streets will be cleaned after each event and trash containers will be emptied during and after near Wawa Welcome America! festivities. Trash and recyclables citywide will not be collected on Tuesday, July 4. Most City offices will be closed while many City services will be curtailed on July 4 -- a legal holiday. 
Live Concert Broadcast & Digital
NBC10 will broadcast the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert and Fireworks in its entirety, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and in Spanish on Telemundo62, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. NBC10’s concert coverage -- hosted by Vai Sikahema and Tracy Davidson on NBC10 and, on Telmundo62, Christian Cazares and Violeta Yas -- will be simulcast on Cozi TV and TCN, as well as in Spanish on TeleXitos, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The free concert will be live-streamed on and -- and can be viewed on any screen – TV, iPad or tablet, or smartphone. Comcast NBCUniversal is the festival’s presenting media partner.
Wawa Welcome America! is a multi-day festival that celebrates America’s birthday in America’s birthplace, Philadelphia. Wawa joined the festival as the title sponsor in 2010. For more information,

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