News and Announcements

Spring 2017 QVNA Community Grant Cycle Open

The QVNA Board is pleased to announce the Spring cycle of our Community Grant Program that enables residents of Queen Village to execute projects that will improve the quality of life in our neighborhood.
Who is eligible:  All established groups in Queen Village (QVNA committees, “Friends of” groups, garden groups, parks, schools, etc.) as well as newly forming groups, or committees.
What can get funded? QVNA will accept grant requests for projects starting at $500. The range of projects can include greening, sustainability, historic preservation, beautification, safety, schools/education, health—any project that affects quality of life issues for residents of Queen Village will be considered.
Timeframe:  Please submit your requests to info@qvna.org between May 1 and May 18 (this is a firm deadline). Applications will be reviewed by the Grants Committee through the end of May. Additional information will be solicited as needed during the evaluation process. The Committee will make funding recommendations to the Board at the June 1 meeting. Those selected for grants will be notified by email following the meeting and acknowledged publicly at the June 15 end-of-year social event to be held at Weccacoe Playground.
Please note that funding will be allocated as a reimbursement or direct payment for items. QVNA will not give money for DonorsChoose projects if they have funding by the time grant recipients are announced.
In the past, QVNA grants have helped to fund projects like the Fulton Street Mural, a joint quality of life signage project with Paradigm Gallery and local street artist Kid Hazo, scholastic endeavors at Meredith and Nebinger Elementary, as well as improvements Southwark Queen Village Community Garden, Mario Lanza Park, Bodine Street Community Garden, Friends of Shot Tower and others.

 CDAG’s Meeting on July 13, 2017

This will be an important public meeting hosted by CDAG (Central Delaware Advocacy Group), about 1st District Coucilman Mark Squilla’s bill to amend the Central Delaware Zoning Overlay. Voice your concerns to Councilman Squilla, and to Philadelphia Director of Planning and Development Anne Fadullon. Other Planning officials, and reps from the DRWC (Delaware River Waterfront Corp.) will be on-hand too.

Meeting will be in the theater (to minimize elevator-related delays in getting everyone in to the meeting location).

Free parking on site.

Further details later in the week, but mark your calendar now. We expect this to be a large meeting, please RSVP at the Facebook Event Page so we can anticipate how many people for this meetinghttps://www.facebook.com/events/122022941737625/

Isaiah Zagar Mural Next To Meredith Elementary School

The IMAGINE Committee at Meredith Elementary School and the Meredith Home and School Association are excited to announce that Isaiah Zagar has chosen the wall next to Meredith at 711 S. 5th Street, to create one of his signature mosaics. The owners of the building have graciously agreed, and the project will be part of the Magic Garden’s August 26-27, 2017 workshop, from 9-4 both days, rain or shine. Meredith parent Carlo Sena, will be onsite during much of the project. Thank you, Carlo!
The workshop will follow the Magic Garden’s standard format: https://www.phillymagicgardens.org/public…/mosaic-workshops/ of individuals 18 and older who want to learn the craft of mosaics. This collaborative piece is sure to brighten the Meredith campus. Isaiah predicts they will need about 12 workshop participants for this project. Neighbors interested in taking part should visit the website link above. The workshop’s cost and particulars are included on that page.

Celebrate the 4th of July

July 4th in America’s birthplace

When you think of July 4th, you think of Philadelphia first.

Being the birthplace of American liberty isn’t just a slogan. This and every year around Independence Day, history comes alive — and we as a city celebrate our shared history together — over the course of the Wawa Welcome America Festival.

The celebrations have already begun and go through the holiday. It’s not only about fireworks on the big day, either: There are over 50 free events happening citywide!

Check out the many ways you can celebrate July 4th this weekend in America’s birthplace — Philadelphia!

From concerts in front of Independence Hall to the fireworks near the Art Museum, the celebrations show off Philly’s beauty and spirit — all the while honoring our country’s history.
be sure to check out these safety tips from the Office of Emergency Management before you head out to enjoy the fun. There are multiple fireworks shows going on this weekend, so, please, leave the fireworks to the professionals!

PS: With free events happening all weekend long, be sure to visit Welcome America’s site to plan your weekend celebrations!

 

South Street Parking Pilot Program

In order to improve public safety, the flow of traffic for SSHD businesses, emergency vehicle access, as well as working to address the quality of life for neighboring residents, the South Street Headhouse District, in conjunction the Philadelphia Police Department and the Philadelphia Parking Authority, will initiate Phase 1 of a new pilot parking program this weekend.  Phase 1 pilot parking changes will go into effect this weekend and will be in effect for the rest of the summer and fall.

Phase 1:  In order to create a late night public safety lane, vehicles will not be allowed to park / stop on the North curb lane side of South Street between 2nd and 6th Streets,  from Midnight – 3am, FridaySaturdaySunday.

Please be aware that vehicles parked on the north curb side of the street during these times are subject to removal by the PPA. 

Within the next few weeks, Phase 2 will also be implemented which will include:

a) changing Metered Parking Enforcement on South Street from the current 9:00am-10:00pm to a new 11:00am– 12:00am(midnight), and b) relocating the current motorcycle/scooter zone from 436 South Street to 601 South Street. 

Please look for street signage changes and help make your patrons aware of these parking modifications.   Please be aware that this is a pilot parking project and may be adjusted based on experience, feedback, and assessment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact info@southstreet.com

 

Imagine Meredith

The IMAGINE Meredith Committee and the Home and School Association are teaming up with Isaiah Zagar to create a mosaic mural on the wall next to the school’s northwest schoolyard entrance at 711 S. 5th St. The project is set for Aug. 26-27, and will require the help of about 12 volunteers, who must also sign up for Magic Gardens’ workshop on the same dates.

Buy personalized pavers to support improvements to the Meredith play yard now and for a limited time only. Corporate pavers are also available. Order here.

Summer At Courtyard Off To A Great Start

Summer fun at Courtyard has begun. We are proud to be providing this summer opportunity to 37 neighborhood youth . The youth participants started the week off  with a science experiment, working as a team, Field trip to the zoo, enjoying the spray ground at Shot Tower playground, and summer would not be summer without water ice, compliments of Gateway Towers Apartments South ( A Lindy Property).

Recycling Bins Are Finally Here!

The wait is over Queen Village, our recycle bins are here. Bins will be available for pick up on Tuesday June 27, 2017 between the hours of 12 noon – 3pm only. The bins will be distributed in the following way; First come first served, (1) bin per household, there will be a short form that must be completed once you get your bin. Please see Lynn in QVNA office for further details.

Grand re-opening a success!

150 hot dogs 5 gallons of lemonade 5 gallons of ice tea. Somebody had
a good time!

The weather was in complete cooperation and we had a great turnout for
the re opening of Weccacoe playground.  In addition to hot dogs and
lemonade food contributions from QVNA Board members and from local
restaurant Plenty, we’re also devoured. Thank you very much for a
great evening.

Although Councilman Squilla was not able to be there in person he was
certainly there in spirit. He was detained by a marathon City Council
session where he and his fellow council members did the good work for
all of us who care about Parks and Recreation. At issue it was the
Mayor’s initiative to used sweetened beverage tax money to pay for
significant renovation to Philadelphia Parks, Recreation Centers, and
libraries. Mayor Kenney has named the measure “Rebuild”.The measure
made it out of Committee last night and is expected to be approved by
Council shortly

(see full article:
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/on-deadline-council-reaches-consensus-on-rebuild-20170616.html
Rebuild also includes significant agreements with the building
trades aimed at making the Rebuild funded projects use a labor force
that reflects the population that the facilities will serve. If well
executed this could lead to new apprentice programs and new jobs. Stay
tuned.

“Rebuild could touch from 150 to 200 individual sites, facilities that
have fallen into deep disrepair because of budget constraints.
Improvements will range from face-lifts to the construction of new
buildings.”
The Councilman called me after the event to apologize for his absence,
in light of what is being accomplished in City Hall, I say Apology
Accepted!

Please do sign on to become a park friend.
info@qvna.org