Nebinger Elementary Schoolyard Improvements

Dear Neighbors:

Six years ago a plan was presented to then principal Dr. Burnley to renovate Nebinger’s schoolyard.  We are excited to announce that the project has made it through the design phase and will be moving into construction this week.

In partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, The Trust for Public Land will begin construction to improve the Nebinger schoolyard. The Trust for Public Land will manage the construction project through to completion.  Here are some project details:

  • The Trust for Public Land anticipates that construction will begin the week of May 8th. Contractor working hours are weekdays from 7:00 to 3:30 unless otherwise approved. Upon site closure, access will be restricted to the construction company and its subcontractors, the Trust for Public Land and its consultants.
  • The timeline for active construction of the project is approximately 4-6 weeks however additional time is required for the legal transfer of the site back to the School District The site will remain closed to the Nebinger community until the property transfers.
  • Construction access to the project areas/schoolyard will be through the school’s parking lot gate. The Trust for Public Land anticipates little or no extended impact on street or lot parking or on traffic.
  • The project includes minor demolition of asphalt for the installation of playground equipment, site furnishings and playground safety surfacing. The contractor anticipates the use of a small skid steer for demolition and necessary installations.  TPL anticipates the demolition will be complete in less than one week.  There will be approximately 3 to 4 days when large trucks will deliver play equipment and concrete.
  • One of the goals of all Trust for Public Land projects is that the improved space be available to the public during the some period of non-school hours, such as evenings, weekends, and/or summer. The Trust for Public Land will be working with the school and the community group, Friends of Nebinger, to bring together a meeting of neighbors and community to discuss public access to the schoolyard.

In a short time, our neighborhood school will have a safe, healthy, and more fun place for the children, and our community will have a completed project that make our corner of the world more beautiful.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Gretchen Trefny, Program Manager at or Friends of Nebinger at

Fall Library Programs

In addition to the regular offerings, the Charles Santore Library has two new upcoming programs that may interest you.

Knitting and Crochet Circle
September 146:00-7:45 pm

This will be an informal gathering of people who want to chat while working on their latest yarn creation.  This program is scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month.

STEM Gems for girls 9-11

Run by Girls Inc. of Great Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, “STEM Gems” inspires girls to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers through hands on workshops.  This terrific program series meets two Saturdays per month from 10:00-2:00, beginning in October. Learn More.

Also, the library will be switching back to Monday through Saturday service soon.  Our first Saturday (10:00-am – 5:00 pm) will be September 17th.

After-School Program

Old Pine Community Center’s After School Program serves Kindergarten through 8th graders in surrounding public, private and charter schools. Children are provided with a daily snack and homework help as well as enrichment activities.

The After School Program provides in person pick up from area schools and care on half days, holidays and school closings at no extra charge.

For information or to register your child, contact Jeanne Johnson at 215-627-2493 or