Discussions at 12/16 Design Focus Group

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Neighbors gathered on a crisp Saturday morning to discuss and debate draft park design directions for Mifflin Square Park at El Centro Alabanza de Filadelfia.

If you couldn’t attend but want to share your thoughts, please fill out a Mifflin Square Park Draft Design Suggestion Sheet!

Read a PDF summary of the day’s conversations here.

Key Elementary school students tend and care for the garden!

On Friday mornings, students from Key Elementary School come help tend Mifflin Square Park’s Gathering Garden by watering the plants and raking the leaves surrounding the garden. It has been a really enjoyable experience and the students learned how to correctly water, plant, and tend to the garden. Students expressed their desires  to continue tending the flowers and plants located around the park.

How do we get a dog run at Mifflin Square Park?

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If you are interested in learning more about how to advocate for a dog area in the park, please see these guidelines from PPR on “Dog Run Creation Guidelines”

How Do I Get a Dog Run in My Park or Playground?

 Philadelphia Parks & Recreation will consider requests to create a dog run on PPR property on a case-by-case basis. The organizing entity should be prepared to address the following general guidelines.
  • Identify the park or rec center recommended for the dog run.
  • Provide a map of the specific area you would like designated for the dog run.
  • Identify members of the organizing entity that will manage, maintain and commit to raise the necessary funds for the dog run. Include name, address, email address and phone number.
  • Demonstrate neighborhood support from local elected officials, community organizations, including the Friends group or Advisory Council affiliated with the site, civic associations, CDCs, and condo or tenant association, if applicable.
  • Accept that organizing entity is responsible for fundraising all costs to design and construct according to PPR standards. Required improvements will include fencing, artificial turf suitable for dogs, lighting, water service, trash receptacles, seating and signage.
  • Develop stewardship and financial plans to sustain the site, including ongoing fundraising efforts for maintenance cost.
  • Once you have completed the steps above, submit a proposal to parksandrecreation@phila.gov.

Upon receipt, the proposal will be reviewed by PPR leadership and discussed with your district council office. After review completion, PPR will request a meeting with the organizing entity to discuss your proposal in more detail. PPR will render a decision within three months of receipt of proposal.

Animal-free Area Request Form

Scenes from 11/19 Park Design Focus Group

 

On Sunday, November 19, residents and park users took park in an engaging conversation around park design options for the park. We heard enthusiasm and hope for the future of Mifflin Square Park and how if we work together we can achieve the park that will unite communities and create a dynamic shared space. Thank you to the team at Hector, our partners at Friends of Mifflin Square, BAO-P and the many community leaders and teams who came out to support, volunteer and interpret for the day. It was a packed house and we heard over 9 languages spoken at the focus group discussion!

Read a PDF summary of the day’s conversation here.

If you did not make it out to join us or want to continue to be a part of the conversation, please email msp@seamaac.org or call 267-323-0967 to share your thoughts and RSVP for our final community meeting on 12/16/17 from 12-2 PM at Centro de Alabanza de Filadelfia:  440 Snyder Ave Philadelphia, PA 19148

You can also see the draft design directions & fill out a Mifflin Square Park Draft Design Suggestion Sheet!

Love Your Park 11/4

On November 4th as part of Love Your Park- SEAMAAC joined Friends of Mifflin Square Park, LOMO and PWD for a the park clean up, information sharing regarding park designs and PWD’s green projects including  Green City, Clean Waters . Thanks to all the volunteers who came out on Saturday for the clean-up and help with the Gathering Gardening. Great to hear compliments of how colorful and beautiful the garden space has become!  Thanks for the beatification help from UPENN’s PEER Program and many others who have helped to build, plant and tend to the garden.

If you are interested in helping to care for the garden, please email msp@seamaac.org or call 267- 323-0967

Gathering Garden Build and Planting

Mifflin Square Park Gathering Garden building day with SEAMAAC team, residents, CDLs and friends & first round of planting. Thanks to Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Friends of Mifflin Square Park for assisting and Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia (CAGP) for bringing out helpers for the day.

We had a great time and if you are interested in helping out, come to LOVE YOUR PARK day 11/4 from 12-2 PM. Join us to create a welcoming garden filled with herbs, flowers and native plants!

10/19 Act Urban Conference visits Mifflin Square

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Mifflin Square Park is at the center of one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city. With a mix of Asian, white, African American and Latino populations and many recent refugees and immigrants, the challenges of language, culture and race must be addressed to build a cohesive plan for the park and neighborhood in order to attract needed funding for basic improvements.

On 10/19, participants from Gehl Institute’s #publicxdesign conference visited the park to discuss in-depth process of reclaiming public space for this diverse South Philly community. Great exchange and let’s continue to share strategies for more community driven design!

Shout out to new MacArthur fellow Damon Rich, Mural Arts PhiladelphiaPublic WorkshopWilliam Penn FoundationPhiladelphia Parks & Recreation for coming out to speak on their involvement in MSP

Special thanks to Kado of Boba And Company for fantastic drinks and even better conversation!