Local elected officials invest $70,000 into SEAMAAC projects – South Philly Review

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South Philadelphia residents gathered at Mifflin Square Park on Saturday afternoon for free blood, glucose and other medical screenings with volunteers from Thomas Jefferson University.

But, the health-focused event expanded beyond vital signs.

The community spent the day celebrating ongoing efforts to improve the welfare of the Whitman park, as Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition Inc. received two grants totaling $70,000 from Sen. Larry Farnese and Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, made possible through the state Department of Community and Economic Development. SEAMAAC, a more than 30-year-old Philadelphia-based nonprofit working to empower immigrants, refugees and marginalized communities, plans to allocate $50,000 from Farnese’s office to its SoPhiE food truck, which features immigrant chefs.

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Announcing Mifflin Square Park Concept Design!

After a year and a half of hard work by many Southeast Philadelphia residents and organizations, we are happy to share the Making Room for Everyone Concept Design for Mifflin Square Park.

Download  “Making Room for Everyone” Concept Design (PDF, 8 mb)

We welcome questions or feedback by email to msp [at] seamaac [dot] org, phone to Neil Garry at SEAMAAC at (215) 467–0690, or commenting on this post.

        

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.

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