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.
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.
South Philadelphians received free health screenings while absorbing sights and sounds from across the globe at Mifflin Square Park on Saturday afternoon.
Commemorating the United Nations-sanctioned International Day of Peace, several regional organizations, ranging from Jefferson Health to SEAMAAC, collaborated this past weekend to localize the worldwide event in South Philly.
For the first time since its inception, Peace Day Philly, a United Nations-affiliated nonprofit, hosted one of its annual Peace Day events at Mifflin Square Park, located between 5th and 6th streets and Wolf and Ritner streets. Read more…
Built in the 1890s, Mifflin Square Park used to be full of energy and brought together the culturally diverse neighborhood surrounding the park. But in recent years, there has been an increase in violence and tension in the space.
Mifflin Square is currently in the middle of a six-year revitalization plan. This project, Making Room for Everyone, was created hopes of rebuilding and modernizing the space while bringing back community engagement, cultural acceptance and safety to the park. While the project has made some positive progress in engaging neighbors, there are still those who are unaware of the plan. Residents hope the project will live up to its name of truly making space for all in the neighborhood.
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.