A Cliffe Drive resident who built a deck that is closer to a neighbor’s property than allowed by city code last week got the overwhelming support of Parkwood Civic Association members for his application for a zoning variance.
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer as well as the end of summer break for many Northeast Philadelphia civic associations that will resume their monthly public meetings in September. The Northeast Times will strive to report on as many of these meetings as possible. But residents are also welcome to attend these sessions to find out what’s happening in their neighborhoods.
The hiking and biking trail now being built from behind Junod Playground in Parkwood to the rear of Benjamin Rush State Park at Southampton and the Boulevard should be completed in August, Parkwood Civic Association members were told June 18.
Work improving Benjamin Rush State Park at Southampton and the Boulevard was pretty much finished in 2013, but last Thursday, it became official with a grand opening ceremony.
There was a good turnout for last week’s Parkwood Civic Association meeting, and residents enjoyed a packed and fast-paced agenda that included information about the new Walmart opening in Franklin Mills, a local church’s push for volunteers for neighborhood projects, the Franklin Mills Advisory Council, the Parkwood Shopping Center, the city’s Planning Commission, vandalism at the Decatur School and the opening of Benjamin Rush State Park next month.
The Parkwood Civic Association has a new president.
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Next month, Parkwood Civic Association members will do something they haven’t done in about a decade: Hold an election. At their March 19 meeting at St. Anselm’s R.C. Church, members nominated candidates for president, vice president, treasurer, recording secretary and zoning officer. The election will be conducted at the association’s April 23 session.
For 35 years, there’s been plenty of talk about developing Benjamin Rush State Park at the Boulevard and Southampton Road, but not a lot of action.