Southwark Schoolyard Design Wins Community Design Award
Dragon Green Park—an imaginative design for a South Philadelphia green schoolyard inspired by the school’s mascot, a bright yellow dragon—is the winner of the Collaborative’s 2016 Community Design Award.
Jeff Goldstein, principal of DIGSAU and a member of the Collaborative Board of Directors, presented the award at the AIA Philadelphia Design Awards on October 19th. Over the past decade, he explained, “The Collaborative has provided 33 design grants for the design of schoolyards or school-related open space. Among the collection of inspiring schoolyard projects, Dragon Green Park was a standout for its design excellence.The intimate collection of elements – play structures, multi-use surfaces, rain gardens – that have come to define this project type, have been reinterpreted in a engaging and identifiable way that works at the civic scale. Everyone was blown away by the design. This project also exemplifies a true partnership between community and school.”
Since the Collaborative wrapped up Dragon Green Park, Southwark’s schoolyard has been chosen for implementation as part of Parks for People Philadelphia, a joint schoolyard greening initiative of The School District of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Water Department, and the Trust for Public Land. Danielle Denk of the Trust for Public Land notes, “The work by the Collaborative showcased a commitment to schoolyard greening and elevated the selection of Southwark School as one of our next sites.”
Southwark Elementary School was also selected as one of nine community schools. These schools will receive extra resources to serve as hubs for social, health, and other services in their neighborhoods. The school’s new community liaison, Beth Dougherty of East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association, was instrumental in the Collaborative’s design and community engagement process for Dragon Green Park.
We had a great time at the 2016 EPX Bowl & Raffle! Thanks to all of those who came out and made the event a success!
EPX Bowl & Raffle
Whoa! The 2016 EPX Bowl Raffle is finalized! Check it out below! In addition to this great raffle, the EPX Bowling Night features unlimited bowling, shoe rental, and enough food and beer to incite competitive spirits and a night of fun!
Join us at St. Monica Lanes at 16th and Shunk on Saturday, October 22 from 7pm-11pm. All of the lanes are ours as we showcase South Philly’s BEST raffle, with so many gift certificates and prizes from East Passyunk and other Philadelphia-area businesses. Be sure to bring some extra cash to get in on these amazing prizes! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and all proceeds directly benefit the community efforts of EPX!
Tickets are $20 ahead of time and can be purchased via PayPal below, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will also be available at the door for $25.
Questions? Contact Leon Malloy, EPX Events Chair, at email@example.com.
Purchase BOWLING tickets here:
Please join the EPX Education Committee/Friends of Southwark for our kick-off fundraising event for the Southwark schoolyard!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
The October Zoning Meeting will be held Wednesday, October 5th at 7pm at the East Passyunk Community Center at 1025 Mifflin Street. Open to the public.
2016 S JUNIPER ST (CMX-2): PERMIT FOR THE ERECTION OF AN ADDITION (3RD FLOOR) ABOVE AN EXISTING ATTACHED STRUCTURE. SIZE AND LOCATION AS SHOWN ON PLANS/APPLICATION. FOR USE AS VACANT COMMERCIAL ON THE FIRST FLOOR AND TWO (2) FAMILY HOUSEHOLD LIVING ON THE SECOND FLOOR. NO SIGNS ON THIS APPLICATION
2015-35 S HUTCHINSON ST (CMX-2): *** INFORMAL PROVISIONAL/INFORMATIONAL MEETING: NO VOTE TO BE HELD ***
PERMIT FOR THE DEMOLITION OF ALL EXISTING STRUCTURES ON SITE, AND FOR THE LOT ADJUSTMENT TO CREATE NINE (9) LOTS (PARCELS “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, “E”, “F”, “G”, “H”, AND “I” ON PLANS) FROM ONE (1) EXISTING LOT (2015-35 S HUTCHINSON ST, AKA 2022 S PERCY ST), SIZE AND LOCATION AS SHOWN ON PLAN/APPLICATION. ON PARCELS “A” THROUGH “H”: FOR THE ERECTION OF AN ATTACHED STRUCTURE WITH A ROOF DECK ACCESSED BY A PILOT HOUSE (TO ENCLOSE ACCESS STAIRS ONLY), SIZE AND LOCATION AS SHOWN ON APPLICAITON. FOR USE AS TWO-FAMILY HOUSEHOLD LIVING. PARCEL “I” TO REMAIN VACANT. (SIZE AND LOCATION AS SHOWN ON THE APPLICATION.)
Working with Tree Philly, Passyunk Square Civic Assocation, East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and Leafy Streets Tree Tenders are hosting an event to give out 50 free yard trees on October 8 from 11am – 1pm at East Passyunk Community Center!
Register at https://southphillygreen.ticketleap.com/yardtrees/ to request and reserve your desired species. When you come to registration, we’ll show you how to plant and care for it and send you home with a free bag of mulch to help get you off to a good start.
Trees must be planted in the ground on private property in Philadelphia, and there is a limit of two trees per address. These trees can NOT be planted in a container or in the sidewalk.