Neighborhood news in brief

Brief news items from around the River Wards.

Time for some spring clean­ing
The city has sched­uled its sixth an­nu­al Philly Spring Cleanup for Sat­urday, April 13.

City res­id­ents and or­gan­iz­a­tions can be­come in­volved by re­gis­ter­ing a pro­ject site for cleanup or by vo­lun­teer­ing on April 13. City res­id­ents and or­gan­iz­a­tions who wish to par­ti­cip­ate should vis­it www.PhillyS­ The dead­line for sub­mit­ting a pro­ject is Fri­day, March 29.

Cleanup pro­jects kick off at 9 a.m. and usu­ally run to late morn­ing or early af­ter­noon. Last year’s cleanup in­volved a re­cord 348 pro­jects, ac­cord­ing to the Streets De­part­ment.

More than 12,000 vo­lun­teers par­ti­cip­ated, ac­cord­ing to city fig­ures, and they col­lec­ted more than 1.9 mil­lion pounds of trash and 40,340 pounds of re­cyc­lables. Al­most 5,000 re­cyc­ling bins were dis­trib­uted.

Over five cleanups, 5.8 mil­lion pounds of trash have been col­lec­ted.

For more in­form­a­tion, call the Streets De­part­ment’s Cus­tom­er Af­fairs Unit at 215-686-5560, or call 3-1-1.

The cleanup’s rain date is Sat­urday, April 20. ••

— John Loftus

With spring around the corner, a parks up­date
After some loc­als voiced their ques­tions on­line about why loc­al re­cre­ation fields — Het­zell, 1301 E. Columbia Ave., and Shissler, 1800-56 Blair St. — had not yet opened their gates to the pub­lic, Artie Dolan, pres­id­ent of Het­zell’s ad­vis­ory coun­cil, as­sured neigh­bors that the Liv­ing­ston Street gate of Het­zell field will open April 5 or 6 — ori­gin­ally the gates were to open April 1, but the bad weath­er caused a delay in field pre­par­a­tions — and re­main open through the second week of Decem­ber. The hours of pub­lic use will be ap­prox­im­ately 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Patty Mc­Grail of the Shissler Re­cre­ation Fa­cil­ity said Monday that the Shissler field is avail­able for pub­lic use after 1 p.m. un­less there is in­clement weath­er, but an in­di­vidu­al must vis­it the of­fice and ask that the gates be open.

Neither field al­lows dogs, but as the weath­er warms up, neigh­bors can bring dogs to the Tri­angle Dog Park, 898 Ara­mingo Ave., or the Palmer Dog Park, 99 E. Palmer St.

In oth­er park news, loc­als who were con­cerned about the state of the field at the Cione Re­cre­ation Fa­cil­ity, 2600 E. Ara­mingo Ave., gathered at the field for a com­munity cleanup on March 17 at 10 a.m.

Some neigh­bors ques­tioned wheth­er Cione had a “friends group,” like the Friends of Penn Treaty Park or the Friends of Camp­bell Square, that could help look after the field, or if the Penn Treaty Spe­cial Ser­vices Dis­trict could provide a grant to help re­pair dam­aged fen­cing.

In­form­a­tion on form­ing a friends group can be found here, and neigh­bors and com­munity groups can re­quest a grant from the Penn Treaty Spe­cial Ser­vices group at ht­tp://pen­ ••

-Mi­kala Jam­is­on

A new way to reach com­munity group mem­bers
Tim Wis­niewski, Somer­set Neigh­bors for Bet­ter Liv­ing or­gan­izer and Phil­adelphia Dir­ect­or of Civic Tech­no­logy, has de­veloped a new re­source for com­munity groups — a group com­mu­nic­a­tion tool, Text­Blast.

Text­Blast is a free ap­plic­a­tion that al­lows com­munity groups to com­mu­nic­ate us­ing mass text mes­sages and up­date mem­bers on meet­ing times and loc­a­tions as well as group events.

For SN­BL, text “Somer­set” to 215-987-5414 to be in­cluded on the Somer­set Neigh­bors for Bet­ter Liv­ing text blast. Oth­er groups can sign up at www.text­ ••

-Mi­kala Jam­is­on

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