First Six Neighborhood Conversations Complete!

Throughout March and April, nearly 100 neighborhood residents joined SEAMAAC, the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, the Friends of Mifflin Square Park, the Garces Foundation, the Karen Community of Philadelphia, and many community members of the Neighborhoods Plan Steering Committee to discuss what was most important to them about the neighborhood and how we can work as a coalition of community groups to improve our neighborhood! These virtual conversations will shape the Draft Neighborhoods Plan set to be completed over the summer.

Between these meetings and the initial neighborhood survey, nearly 500 neighbors from across the community have come together to shape a vision for the neighborhood! Notes from these meetings will be shared on this website soon. Stay tuned to this website for future conversations to shape this Neighborhoods Plan!

Karen neighbors participated in a Karen language neighborhood conversation hosted by the Karen Community of Philadelphia on March 18th.

Neighbors joined a meeting in Spanish, Khmer, English, and Nepali hosted by the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia both virtually and in person to discuss the neighborhoods plan on April 16th.

Neighbors joined a meeting hosted by SEAMAAC on April 6th to discuss the neighborhoods plan.
Neighbors joined a Spanish language meeting hosted by the Garces Foundation to discuss what should go in the neighborhoods plan on March 31st.

Join a Neighborhood Conversation!

Several neighborhood groups have already hosted neighborhood conversations! Dozens of residents have joined the Karen Community of Philadelphia, the Friends of Mifflin Square Park, the Garces Foundation, and SEAMAAC in discussions. There are still two more conversations scheduled: One on April 16th hosted by the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia and one on April 20th hosted by SEAMAAC. You can sign up at the emails below and if you or your neighbors are interested in hosting an additional conversation, please reach out to or call 267-536-9846.

Learn more about how to get involved here and if you have attended a neighborhood conversation or would like to comment on what actions and advocacy issues the plan should focus on, be sure to fill out the Neighborhood Conversations Comments form!

Neighborhoods Plan Steering Committee Meeting

On February 23rd, the Neighborhoods Plan Steering Committee met to discuss upcoming Neighborhood Conversations that will take place throughout March and April. The committee, made up of neighborhood associations, nonprofit organizations, and park friends groups, participated in a neighborhood conversation to finalize meeting design. Meetings will be hosted in the coming weeks by SEAMAAC, the Friends of Mifflin Square Park, the Karen Community of Philadelphia, and the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia. That schedule will be posted on this website soon!

Construction Beginning at Mifflin Square!

Beginning in January and February of 2021, the Philadelphia Water Department will be starting construction on the Mifflin Square Park Green Infrastructure Project, continuing throughout 2021. This project will rebuild each of the 4 corner entrances to the park, install a rain garden near the 5th and Wolf corner, and build a seating plaza at the corner of 6th and Ritner with a design that community members developed in 2019.

This project will help better manage rainwater runoff from Mifflin Square and the surrounding neighborhood and represents the first phase of making the Making Room for Everyone Concept Plan a reality. Construction will last into early 2022 and residents can be kept up to date by visiting or contacting the project team. Residents should contact the project’s inspector – Ken Wendell at 215-200-0696 or – for on-site questions and help. If you are unable to contact the inspector, call the construction engineer, Frank Stollenwerk at 215-964-8036.

Access to the park will be maintained throughout 2021 with construction activity limited to these 4 corners of the park.

Residents near the park have been left the flier seen below in their doors!

MLK Day of Service

On January 18th, 2021, the Friends of Mifflin Square Park and SEAMAAC co-hosted a service day at Mifflin Square and Weinberg Park as part of the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. Dozens of volunteers came out to give both parks a mid-winter cleaning and to re-stain and touch up the Super Seating in the south end of the park. Check out the pictures below of our volunteers and thank you to everyone who was able to join!