If you live or work between Spruce
and JFK from 20th St., to the River, you may be interested in attending
the Remapping Public Meeting at 6PM on June 24, 2021. CCRA's Remapping
Taskforce has been working with Philadelphia City Planning Commission
(PCPC) on proposed changes to zoning designations within this area. The
PCPC will present the proposed changes during the meeting and
request input from those in attendance. Members of CCRA's Remapping
Taskforce will be on hand to answer questions.
Following the meeting, the CCRA Remapping Taskforce will submit a final recommendation to the PCPC.
CCRA’s Enhanced Merchant Partners Program Targets Local Mom & Pops
help local Mom and Pop businesses get back on their post-pandemic feet,
CCRA’s Merchant Partners Program provides complimentary valuable
advertising and exposure by encouraging support from CCRA’s
highly-engaged (and growing) membership. Truly a win-win scenario,
Merchant Partners benefits local businesses and residents alike.
Clean Sidewalks are Beautiful, but Not Free: Please Donate
Center City is one of the cleanest
neighborhoods in the City, and it’s no accident, nor is it free. CCRA
has a contract with the Center City District to clean local sidewalks
after weekly trash collection. This effort is not covered by membership,
which is where you come in. You are encouraged to donate your fair
share to CCRA’s Clean, Safe & Green program, and you can do so here.
Not Your Imagination: It’s Trashier
If trash seems less-picked-up than
usual, you’re right. For the past two months, the City’s Sanitation
Dept. has been working on delays. Three reasons are given: increased
volume (up 30%), the pandemic, and staffing issues. Residents are urged
to call 311 if trash is not removed within 48 hours.
CCRA is proud to manage the Schuylkill River Park Community
Schuylkill River Park Community Garden is one of the 130 Philadelphia
community gardens that contributes generously to the Pennsylvania
Horticultural Society’s City Harvest Initiative. So far this season, our
garden is off to a robust start. To date, its donation of 98 pounds of
organically grown produce have gone to feed neighbors in need at the
Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square. Thanks to the
organizational skills and green thumb of Linda Zaimis, the community
gardeners donated a total of 1,106 pounds last summer. With optimal
weather conditions and a little luck, the gardeners aim to break their
all-time record of 1,550 pounds set in 2019. The goal of the initiative
is to “address food insecurity, so if we have many gardens in each
neighborhood, and they’re all distributing to different places, then
we’re reaching thousands of people,” said Jasmine Thompson, a PHS
community garden specialist. Find more information about the Schuylkill
River Park Community Garden here.
Community Info and Events
110 Years Young and Going Strong: The Wanamaker Organ
The venerable Wanamaker Organ, located in the 5-story Grand Court at the Center City Macy’s, celebrates a very happy 110th
birthday this month. If you can believe it, since 1911 the organ has
been played twice a day, every day. That’s through two pandemics, two
world wars, the Great Depression, and on and on. For more on this
remarkable treasure, go here.
guidelines have evolved at attractions, restaurants, shops and hotels.
Mask-wearing and advance tickets or reservations remain recommended or
necessary at many spots, and masking remains a requirement for partially
vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Your best bet: Check online or call
Let Freedom Ring
of The Philadelphia Orchestra return to Penn’s Landing for “Let Freedom
Ring,” a Free Neighborhood Concert at the Great Plaza on Friday, June
25, at 7 PM. The performance is part of the 2021 Wawa Welcome America festivities and will showcase patriotic and uplifting works that celebrate the diversity and majesty of America.
If there was ever a time to eat, drink and be normal, it would be Now, and we’re here to help. Here is a list of a dozen of the hottest new area eateries. If you can’t find something you like here, then you’re on your own.
Rothman Roller Rink
Rothman Roller Rink offers daily outdoor roller skating at Dilworth
Park. Hour-long sessions are available Sunday through Thursday from 11
a.m. to 8:45 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11:15 p.m.
Admission is $8 for children 10 and younger, and $10 for adults; roller
skate rental is $5. Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. is
Matinee Skate, when admission is $5 off for guests of all ages. Rink
patrons are encouraged to book all sessions in advance. The Rothman
Roller Rink season will come to an end on July 11. So, during the last
chance to roller skate, July 1 to 11, all skaters at the Rothman Roller
Rink will receive a complimentary admission to skate at the Rothman
Orthopaedics Ice Rink.
CCRA Merchant Partner "Deals and Discounts" Program
Please support our local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a deal or discount to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card and personal identification.