GreenPlan Philadelphia Logo Bike trails? Traditional parks? Dog parks? Skateparks ? ?

GreenPlan Philadelphia is the first comprehensive plan undertaken by the City in over 40 years. GreenPlan Philadelphia is an open space planning process that will provide a long-term roadmap for using, acquiring, developing, funding, and managing open space in our City’s neighborhoods.

If you would like to share your thoughts about the future of green space in your neighborhood the City is hosting a public forum for South Philadelphia (south of South Street, west and north of the Delaware River, East of the Schuylkill River) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14 at the Fels Community Center, 2407 South Broad Street. Continue reading

You’ve probably heard about some of your neighbors having unwelcome water coming into their basements recently. Many of us, unfortunately, have first-hand knowledge of basement flooding problems.

EPX members have very important information to share with the Philadelphia Water Department and the PA Department of Environmental Protection because of these first-hand experiences with sewer overflows and basement backups. Here’s what you can do: Continue reading

EPX can be proud of the leaps it has made in the first full month of existence! In addition to all the Governance related documents filed and meetings held, our membership, through the work of our committees, has started to become a real presence in the community.

– “Clean and Green” saw forty plus members clean McKean street on 10/21.

– Community Relations hosted Bocce Ball lessons for over a dozen neighbors at the Piazza on Passyunk on 10/25.

– Membership sold thirty tickets to the Cavaliere Memorial Concert at Ss. Neumann-Goretti H.S. on 10/29.

– Public Safety had over twenty people for their inaugural Town Watch walk on 10/30.

– Zoning sent representatives to two Zoning Board Commission hearings.

Congratulations to all the committees and members, if we have done all this in just over seven weeks imagine the possibilities!

NOTICE: We’ve established a regular schedule for Clean & Green committee meetings. We’ll meet the third Monday of the month.

Thanks to all who attended the McKean Street Clean-up. The event went VERY WELL — 40 people attended and we picked up 30 bags of trash!

The next C/G Committee meeting will be Monday, Nov. 20, 6:30 pm, at Tolentine, 11th & Mifflin.

Our agenda will include:

1) De-brief on McKean St Clean-up
2) Plan December Clean-up — proposed for Saturday, Dec. 2, 10:30 am — 10th Street – Tasker to Snyder.
3) Water/Sewage Back-up
4) Community-wide Plastic Recycling
5) Budget — think about what we’ll need in 2007 for clean-ups, other beautification efforts

Special Presentation on Neighborhood Greening — Members of Passyuynk Square Civic Association have been invited to inform us how they got started, what they’ve accomplished to date, what they’ve learned, and most importantly, how we can work together to green our EPX neighborhood.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday, Nov. 20, 6:30 pm, at Tolentine!

Tim Lidiak

Bring your Broom!

Come out and join your neighbors, meet some new folks, and pitch in to help clean up McKean Street on Saturday, October 21!

We’ll start east at 9th and McKean and work our way west to Broad with brooms, bags, shovels–and snacks! We’ll be out from 10:30am to 1pm making McKean sparkle! Interested in pitching in? Want to find out how to make your block next on the rotation? Come lend a hand; we’re meeting at 10:30 am at McKean & 9th Street. Hope to see you there!

Questions? Comments? contact (Rain Date: Saturday, Oct. 28th) . (Organized by the EPX Clean & Green Committee.)

Recycling is the law in Philadelphia. The city has a great website that talks about the how and why of recycling in Philadelphia: Check it out!

The city picks up recycling curbside every other week. Here’s how to find out when to put your recycling out:

1) Find out whether you’re in a BLUE or GREEN neighborhood here: Area Map (or download the PDF file.)

2) Check the the BLUE schedule or the GREEN schedule to find when to put out your recyclables. Print it out and stick it on your fridge!

3) On recycling day, put your recycling (glass, cans aluminum and paper) outside, next to your trash, for pick up.

At this point the city does not pick up plastics curbside. There are several groups around the city which have organized bi-weekly drop off locations for plastics, as well as other household recyclables. See for more information about drop off locations.

A recent study by city officials showed that increasing recycling rates in Philadelphia could save the city’s taxpayers more than $17 million.