Northeast Times

Frankford residents get informed at EPIC meeting

Frank­ford res­id­ents got a pot­pourri of in­form­a­tion about loc­al parks, re­cyc­ling, a sum­mer food pro­gram, polit­ics and new trash col­lec­tion rules at the June 26 meet­ing of the North­east EPIC Stake­hold­ers.

Plans are pro­gress­ing to put a small park and a mur­al on va­cant land on Paul Street at Frank­ford Av­en­ue, said Kim­berly Wash­ing­ton, the Frank­ford Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion’s ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or.

On Sat­urday af­ter­noon, May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter and Coun­cil­wo­man Maria Quiñones Sánchez (D-7th dist.) and Wash­ing­ton un­veiled the design for the “Frank­ford Pause” pop-up park that is ex­pec­ted to be ready next spring. The park, ad­ja­cent to Mar­garet-Or­tho­dox Sta­tion, is part of the broad­er Des­tin­a­tion Frank­ford ini­ti­at­ive, a pro­ject of the Phil­adelphia City Plan­ning Com­mis­sion sup­por­ted by a grant from Art­Place Amer­ica, a col­lab­or­a­tion of na­tion­al and re­gion­al found­a­tions, banks and fed­er­al agen­cies ac­cel­er­at­ing cre­at­ive place­mak­ing across the coun­try.

The un­veil­ing took place as part of a block party that fea­tured demon­stra­tions by the Phil­adelphia Wooden Boat Fact­ory and per­form­ances by El Cari­be­funk and the All-Star Move­ments School of Dance.

The grand open­ing of the small pock­et park at Hedge and Or­tho­dox streets will be at 12:30 p.m. on Ju­ly 9. The site, which dec­ades ago had a pool, has got­ten plenty of im­prove­ments planned out by the Frank­ford Parks Group with fin­an­cial help from the of­fice of Coun­cil­wo­man Sánchez. New play­ground equip­ment and oth­er gear have been in­stalled and the van­dal­ized mur­al that once covered two walls has been painted over.

Hedge Street is the second of two smal­ler parks that have been up­graded over the past few years. The oth­er is at Wilmot Street, across from the Second Baptist Church at Mul­berry and Mead­ow streets, where the Stake­hold­ers meet.

Demo­crat­ic le­gis­lat­ive can­did­ate Jason Dawkins said the two parks really need new names. One sug­ges­tion was to name one park for the late jazz great Butch Bal­lard, who was from Frank­ford.

Res­id­ents also learned:

• Kids young­er than 18 can eat free dur­ing the sum­mer. The city’s Sum­mer Meals Pro­gram in­cludes break­fast, lunch, snacks and some din­ners. No re­gis­tra­tion or ID is re­quired. Kids can just show up; they don’t have to be ac­com­pan­ied by adults. To find the nearest site, call the pro­gram’s hot­line at 1-855-252-MEAL.

• Phil­lyR­ising re­cently gave away 50 trash cans and 100 re­cyc­ling bins, and helped people sign up for the city’s Re­cyc­lin­gRe­wards pro­gam.

• City res­id­ents now may re­cycle car­tons, like or­ange juice car­tons, and aer­o­sol cans. Plastic bags and styro­foam (even if it has a re­cyc­ling sym­bol on it) are not re­cyc­lable in Phil­adelphia.

• Res­id­ents who put out old mat­tresses for trash col­lec­tion must put them out in mat­tress bags. This re­quire­ment is to stop the spread of bed bugs. Some shop­ping around is re­quired. Mat­tress bags range in price from $3 to $20.

• Dawkins said his cur­rent of­fice is at Paul and Or­tho­dox streets. He will be con­sol­id­at­ing his planned town hall meet­ings after he takes of­fice with monthly North­east EPIC Stake­hold­ers ses­sions. Dawkins re­cently won the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion for the 179th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict seat in his party’s primary. He said he has no GOP op­pon­ent in the Novem­ber elec­tion. He said he will be sworn in Jan. 6, but will be­gin work­ing Dec. 1. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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