Our Plan for Our Neighborhood

Working in coalition means planning ahead for how we will show up for each other.
Dr. Mindy Fullilove

In 2021, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, Friends of Mifflin Square Park, Karen Community of Philadelphia, Garces Foundation, SEAMAAC, and Greater Philadelphia Community Alliance worked with residents, Registered Community Organizations, and government agencies to create Our Plan for Our Neighborhood: Community Plan for South East Philadelphia between 4th and 9th Streets, Mifflin Street to Oregon Avenue.

Our Coalition uses this plan to (1) keep organizations coordinated, (2) inform and organize residents, (3) show government, investors, new residents and others what we want; and (4) Attract funding and support.

Together we have already:

We’re close to completing our planning process for now, and want to get all residents and groups aware and involved! Here’s how you can help get that done:

  1. Pick up and share a neighborhood newspaper!

This 24–page newspaper includes information and neighborhood goals for all areas of the community plan in English, Spanish, Khmer, Burmese, Nepali, and Chinese.

Find copies of Our Plan for Our Neighborhood newspaper at your favorite South 7th Street business, or request a copy by email or calling (267) 536 9846. You can also see and download a digital version.

2. Read and give your comments on the Draft Community Plan!

The Draft Community Plan includes even more detail than the neighborhood newspaper on our analysis of existing conditions, notes from Neighborhood Conversations, and our coalition’s future goals. Until May 31, 2022, we welcome all comments, suggestions, and corrections by email or filling out a google form.

3. Join and volunteer for neighborhood organizations

Most of all, we urge all residents to get involved by joining or volunteering for a neighborhood organization:

SoPhiE Food Truck Chef Nia Featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer

This past week the South Philly East (SoPhiE) food truck chef Nia Minard was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer! SoPhiE is at Mifflin Square every Wednesday and Friday from 3pm-7pm, with Chef Nia on the truck every Wednesday. Come out and enjoy some amazing Mississippi hot tamales!

Article Link: https://www.inquirer.com/news/mississippi-hot-tamales-philadelphia-nia-minard-20200811.html

#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!

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!