Several neighborhood groups have already hosted neighborhood conversations! Dozens of residents have joined the Karen Community of Philadelphia, the Friends of Mifflin Square Park, the Garces Foundation, and SEAMAAC in discussions. There are still two more conversations scheduled: One on April 16th hosted by the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia and one on April 20th hosted by SEAMAAC. You can sign up at the emails below and if you or your neighbors are interested in hosting an additional conversation, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 267-536-9846.
Learn more about how to get involved here and if you have attended a neighborhood conversation or would like to comment on what actions and advocacy issues the plan should focus on, be sure to fill out the Neighborhood Conversations Comments form!
At the end of February, initial responses to the neighborhood survey were completed. Over 360 neighbors, small business owners, and stakeholders from the neighborhood responded to this survey! This input will be analyzed in the coming weeks and will shape the initial draft plan. The Steering Committee will have more to share in the coming weeks!
On February 23rd, the Neighborhoods Plan Steering Committee met to discuss upcoming Neighborhood Conversations that will take place throughout March and April. The committee, made up of neighborhood associations, nonprofit organizations, and park friends groups, participated in a neighborhood conversation to finalize meeting design. Meetings will be hosted in the coming weeks by SEAMAAC, the Friends of Mifflin Square Park, the Karen Community of Philadelphia, and the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia. That schedule will be posted on this website soon!
Beginning in January and February of 2021, the Philadelphia Water Department will be starting construction on the Mifflin Square Park Green Infrastructure Project, continuing throughout 2021. This project will rebuild each of the 4 corner entrances to the park, install a rain garden near the 5th and Wolf corner, and build a seating plaza at the corner of 6th and Ritner with a design that community members developed in 2019.
This project will help better manage rainwater runoff from Mifflin Square and the surrounding neighborhood and represents the first phase of making the Making Room for Everyone Concept Plan a reality. Construction will last into early 2022 and residents can be kept up to date by visiting https://water.phila.gov/construction or contacting the project team. Residents should contact the project’s inspector – Ken Wendell at 215-200-0696 or Kenneth.Wendell@phila.gov – for on-site questions and help. If you are unable to contact the inspector, call the construction engineer, Frank Stollenwerk at 215-964-8036.
Access to the park will be maintained throughout 2021 with construction activity limited to these 4 corners of the park.
Residents near the park have been left the flier seen below in their doors!
On January 18th, 2021, the Friends of Mifflin Square Park and SEAMAAC co-hosted a service day at Mifflin Square and Weinberg Park as part of the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. Dozens of volunteers came out to give both parks a mid-winter cleaning and to re-stain and touch up the Super Seating in the south end of the park. Check out the pictures below of our volunteers and thank you to everyone who was able to join!
This Saturday, November 14th from 9am-1pm, is fall Love Your Park Day in Mifflin Square Park! Come on out to help repaint the gathering garden, clean up leaves, improve the super seating, and more! Register at the link HERE to join.
On October 30th, SEAMAAC and friends hosted the final Fall Fridays event at Mifflin Square! Neighbors came out to trick-or-treat, compete in a costume contest, enjoy food from Chef Apple on the SoPhiE Food Truck, and compete in a cornhole tournament. Great partners like Vybe Urgent Care, Spiral Q, State Representative Elizabeth Feidler, U.S. Representative Mary Gay Scanlon, and more added to the festivities. Check out the amazing photos below from Sonny Van Ngo with the Friends of Mifflin Square Park!
On October 20th, the Mifflin Square Neighborhood Plan Steering Committee held a virtual kickoff meeting to begin the neighborhood planning process! Stakeholders from across the neighborhood joined to talk about the planning process, key issues that should be addressed in the plan, and upcoming outreach efforts to ensure that all neighborhood voices are heard. The Steering Committee will continue to guide the planning process to ensure that all voices are heard and reflected in the plan as this process moves forward.
Most importantly, the Mifflin Square Neighborhood Plan Survey was launched! Click HERE to fill this out to make sure that your voice is heard in this process, whether you are able to attend a community meeting or not.
In preparation for creating a neighborhood plan over the next year, SEAMAAC is conducting a resident survey to find out what issues are most important to address in the neighborhood. This survey is closing on February 28, 2021. Click the link below to fill out the survey!