#PlayItSafePHL – Park Reopening Update

The City of Philadelphia has released a new update on the reopening of parks. You can see details of this reopening here. See below for some specific updates from our friends at Parks and Rec.

  • Parks and trails remain open, athletic fields are now open for exercise.
  • Starting July 6, Parks & Rec will take permit applications for use of baseball and athletics fields.  Games and spectators are not allowed.
  • Playgrounds are open for children and household use.
  • Parks & Rec’s sprinklers and spraygrounds are open to the public.
  • All outdoor athletics courts open as of July 3rd. The hoops that were removed from basketball courts will be reinstalled at 150 sites across the city. Work will be done in an equitable manner.

With the sprayground allowed to reopen, Parks and Rec staff along with the Friends of Mifflin Square and SEAMAAC will work to turn on the sprayground as often as is possible.

As the park becomes more lively and active, it’s important that we all wear a mask and keep working to stop the spread of COVID-19. When visiting Mifflin Square, keep in mind this advice!

Love Your Park Solo Cleanups

Although monthly MSP cleanups aren’t in the cards right now, we still want to keep the park clean, safe, and welcoming for all its users! If you have the time, we encourage everyone to go out and collect trash from the park on your own.

Check out the above video and this post from Love Your Park on how you can sign up so that your work is counted, and even get a free cleanup kit while supplies last!

We will share and update this page with more information on resuming group cleanup days as it become available.

Novick Farm Market Returns to MSP

It’s almost summer, which means it’s time to welcome back our partners at Novick Urban Farm! Novick will host its farmstand in Mifflin Square Park every Wednesday from 2-6pm through the summer.

Stop by every week for a variety of seasonal, locally-grown fresh vegetables and fruits at affordable prices! Novick accepts SNAP/EBT cards as well as FMNP vouchers (pictured below) as forms of payment.

Make sure to wear your mask while shopping as they are required. See you soon!

Vanderbilt & Interfaith Philadelphia Spring Clean-up

Vanderbilt University students at MSP.

Last week, Mifflin Square welcomed two groups of student volunteers for a two-day cleanup to kick off Spring in the park! Seven students from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee visited Philadelphia for an alternative spring break trip focused on community service. The group spent two days raking leaves, sweeping walkways, and picking up trash in and around Mifflin Square Park, leaving it in tip-top shape and ready for upcoming events and activities. The group was able to stop by the South 7th Street corridor for lunch at El Sabor Catracho, a local Honduran-Mexican restaurant. Ten students from local colleges and universities involved in Interfaith’s Alternative Break program helped in the park as well as cleaning up on South 7th Street.

On Thursday, both groups convened at SEAMAAC’s Outreach offices on 8th street to enjoy food from local restaurants and have a conversation with SEAMAAC Executive Director Thoai Nguyen. After lunch they visited the nearby Growing Home Gardens before wrapping up at Mifflin Square Park (and joining in with some kids for a few games of soccer and basketball!). A huge thanks to the group leaders and all of the students for their hard work!

Monthly cleanups in Mifflin Square Park will continue every first Thursday through October – come and help keep it beautiful at the next cleanup on April 2nd!

Fun on the basketball court!

$1.5 million grant kicks off renovation plan for Mifflin Square Park – WHYY

Mifflin Square neighbors have been imagining the park they want for four years. Now that dream, conceptualized in the rendering above, is being designed in partnership with the city. (Courtesy of SEAMAAC & HECTOR)

Walking by a new playground somewhere else in the city always makes Erme Maula, a 45-year-old Filipino American living in South Philadelphia, a little jealous.

“Especially if it’s really cool and has that squishy bottom,” she said.

Maula mostly uses the playground near her house, the one at Mifflin Square Park that has remained unchanged since the 1990s. The city park, one of the few open green spaces in South Philadelphia, is located between Fifth and Sixth streets from Wolf to Ritner, at the heart of a neighborhood that hosts many ethnicities.

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MSP Awarded National Park Service Grant

Mifflin Square Park has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the National Parks Service’s Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) program to begin work on the first phase of park reconstruction! This is the first ORLP grant ever received in Pennsylvania. This grant will be matched with another $750,000 from local sources, bringing a total of $1.5 million to Mifflin Square to begin implementing the community’s vision for the park as laid out in the Making Room For Everyone concept plan. The grant will specifically allow the new playgrounds and splash pad, along with accompanying site furniture, to be built. This grant was received thanks to partnership between SEAMAAC, the Trust for Public Land, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. 

View press release here.

Schematic Design Focus Group Recap

Community members review the schematic design plan.

On January 23rd, members of the Friends of Mifflin Square Park and former Community Design Leaders joined with other neighbors for a Schematic Design Focus Group led by SEAMAAC and Hector at SEAMAAC’s 8th Street Outreach Office. Neighbors discussed how to prioritize designs in the concept plan focusing mainly on play equipment, seating, and sports fields. A robust discussion helped to identify which pieces of playground equipment were most popular, where seating was most needed, and how to make sure the vision of the concept plan is carried through in a maintainable and implementable manner. Schematic designs are being revised with this prioritization in mind, and more neighborhood events are to come. Stay tuned!

Mifflin Coalition Meeting: December 5, 2019

Jae Shin of HECTOR updates the Mifflin Coalition on the schematic design process.

On December 5, members of the Mifflin Coalition gathered for a meeting on several important Mifflin Square Park activities. First, members heard from the Philadelphia Water Department about the exciting green infrastructure project that will renovate each corner entrance to the park in 2020 as part of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters project. Next, the Friends of Mifflin Square Park provided a recap on the many 2019 activities that took place in the park. Finally, Jae Shin from HECTOR, the firm leading the schematic design process, gave an overview of the progress of the schematic designs. Coalition members discussed maintenance commitments for park improvements and upcoming public engagement opportunities. 


SEAMAAC is looking for neighbors interested in being Community Design Leaders (CDLs) in 2020. CDLs will be financially compensated for their time and be able to help guide the engagement process for schematic designs. If you are interested, please contact Joel Arnold at 215-467-0690 x. 124 or email msp@seamaac.org. Keep an eye out for upcoming January and February engagement sessions. Dates will be posted here!

Daniel Schupsky of the Philadelphia Water Department explains the green infrastructure project in Mifflin Square Park, scheduled for construction in 2020.