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June 27th Meeting Notice


Hello Neighbors!

Our June Community meeting will be held on Thursday June 27th at the 2601 Pennsylvania Avenue Community Room. 7:00 pm for refreshments, 7:30 pm meeting start time. Our usual location has a conflict on that evening.

We have been trying to get someone from the Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services to attend but they have not committed at the time of the email.

2100 West Girard Updates 

From the last meeting we have set up a google group. You can email (2100-girard@fairmountcivicassociation.org) any tips photos or other issues you have related to the facility. 

You can email president@fairmountcivicassociation.org to join the group where you can see information we have gathered and collaborate with neighbors on issues.

Councilmember Jeffery Young has had legislation passed to block the renewal of the facility’s lease without permission from council https://6abc.com/post/philadelphia-city-council-blocks-lease-renewal-city-run/14950825/.

Council has also granted a hearing on the administration’s use of the facility with more info coming.

Flowering Fronts of Fairmount Contest

The FCA will again host the Flowering Front of Fairmount this summer. The event encourages residents to green and beautify the neighborhood as well as recognizes our neighbors for their talents. Entries should be within the FCA boundaries, include the front or side of the building, and no professionally cared for gardens (we do appreciation, but this contest is for amateurs)

Judging will be in July and you do not have to be home for judging. Winners and prizes to be announced at the summer social at Jack’s Firehouse in July.

Sign up at this link:

FCA Summer Social July 29th @ Jack’s Firehouse

Please register for this year’s summer social once again hosted by Mick at Jack’s Firehouse. 

There will be hors d’oeuvres, followed by a lovely buffet and discounted drinks.

Registration Link: (https://forms.gle/nYwovc7nUTEq1Gqf6)  

Tickets are a $5 donation for members and $15 for guests. Please send a check or drop off at Tim Butters’ home at 771 N 23rd St or pay through Paypal (https://www.paypal.com/ncp/payment/X498CFGQTB88L)

Winners of this year’s Flowering Fronts of Fairmount contest will be announced and prizes awarded at the event. 

Join your friends and neighbors for a very pleasant evening. Space is limited so register and pay ASAP.

Lemon Hill to Host FIFA Fan Festival in 2026

Lemon Hill has been selected to host the 2026 FIFA Fan Festival in 2026 in a press conference held yesterday. You can view more details in this article:

The event which will run throughout most of June and July of 2026 will bring a lot of fun but also congestion to the neighborhood. 

We will also hopefully get some much needed funding for improvements to the park. The Lemon Hill Neighbors Association has drafted a letter expressing excitement and issues related to the event which we hope to cosign with them.

Meeting Schedule

The September 27th meeting is tentatively scheduled to be held at the Fairmount Rowing Association #2. More details to come.

22nd Street Bike Lane

There are some changes coming to the 22nd Street bike lane which includes a proposal to extend the bike lane from Spring Garden to Brown Street.

The proposal was presented at the Spring Garden Civic Association and they have posted details on their website. We hope to have the organizers present at a future meeting.

https://www.sgcaphilly.com/traffic-calming-on-22nd-street

FCA Survey on 27th and Pennsylvania Intersection

The Fairmount Civic Association received an email from a neighbor who had concerns about the safety of this intersection. We hope to take the information gathered in this form to inform our local elected officials and city employees to hopefully improve this intersection!

Link to the form here: https://forms.gle/H7VvzWSr9LYYctpw9

Next FCA Community meeting – March 28 at 7pm

Hello Neighbors!

March Community Meeting 

Our next Community Meeting is scheduled for March 28, 2024 at the City School 860 N 24th St. Refreshments 7:00PM / Meeting Start 7:30PM.

We have two amazing guests for our March meeting. Please come out with your support, ideas, and questions.

Philadelphia Bike Action is a new organization established to advocate for safety, dignity and convenience specifically for people in Philadelphia.  

Philadelphia Police Department Lt. Kulb will address public safety. Lt. Kulb is the Officer in Charge for the 9th District PSA #3, which includes all of Fairmount.

Thank you to Eileen Chen from Town Watch Integrated Services for giving us an overview of the programs their office can help with at our February meeting. Their office is a great resource to help our community reduce crime and blight including help with starting a town watch or removing abandoned vehicles.

And another thank you to the members that participated in the potluck at the February meeting. Thank you to Doreen Martin and Eileen Butler for helping organize – everything was delicious!

Events in the Neighborhood:

  • The 26th Annual Fairmount Bunny Hop!
    Thursday, March 28th, 6 – 10pm
    Buy your bunny ears at any participating location for $10, all proceeds benefit the Trauma Survivors Foundation. Drink and Food specials at all locations! You can prepay for ears or donate if you can’t make it at the link
  • The Philly Spring Cleanup is Saturday April 6th. There are projects planned at 22nd and Brown, Lemon Hill, Girard Ave and more. Use the link to sign up or take their cue and clean your own block that day!
  • The Fairmount Arts Crawl is scheduled for April 27-28. The event is two days this year with Saturday unique performances inside local businesses and Sunday vendors and artists in front of Eastern State and around neighborhood businesses. 
  • The Girard Ave Street Festival is Saturday May 18 from 11 – 5:30. They are looking for all kinds of event partners, deadline to apply is April 2nd.

The Parkway Council also provided an update on some future events and street closures along the Parkway in the upcoming months:

April 6th: Hot Chocolate Run

April 7th: Greek Independence Day Parade

April 20th: Clean Air Run

April 21st: Gift of Life Walk

May 4th: MS Walk

May 19th: SEIU National Convention rally — more information to come, but this is anticipated to be a major event, including the attendance of high-level elected officials. There are likely to be significant closures around this march/rally.

Regattas: March 24th, April 7th, April 14th, and April 21st

Next FCA Community Meeting – 2/29 at 7pm

Our next Community Meeting is scheduled for February 29, 2024 at the City School 860 N 24th St. Refreshments will be available at 7:00 pm and the meeting will start at 7:30 pm.

Our speaker for February is Eileen Chen from Town Watch Integrated Services presenting on community safety resources.

For the 2/29 meeting we are also Leap Year potluck / community table for refreshments. You can see what other people are bring or sign up for your own dish at this link https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14OvuWR6hxYUetQwJZAk4ajBMvx6ud3900IA2vPsFK8w/edit?usp=sharing

Thank you to Donna Bullock for presenting a legislative update at our January meeting. Also thank you to Michael Hill Quartermaster of Parkway VFW Post 7650 for providing refreshments. The VFW Post is looking for veterans who served in foreign wars to join the post. They also have social memberships for non veterans and hold events throughout the year for both veterans and the community. 

Open Positions

The Philadelphia Spring Cleanup is scheduled for 4/6/2024. We don’t currently have a neighborhood improvement chair to run our event. If you are interested in being the chair, running a cleanup event or are part of an organization who wants to partner for the cleanup let us know.

Events in the Neighborhood:

Looking forward to seeing you on 2/29!

Next FCA Members Meeting – 12/7 at 7pm

Our next FCA member community meeting will be IN PERSON on December 7th at The City School (860 N 24th street) Refreshments and lite bites will be at 7pm, meeting will start at 7:30pm.

Guest speaker for December is Executive Director, Alex Doty of Parks and Rec Heros Fund!

FCA Elections will be held on December 7. Here is a list of who is running for each position:

  • President: Tim Butters
  • Vice President: Chet Wichowski
  • Secretary: Kellyann Beene
  • Treasurer: Patrick Griffin
  • Board:
    • Anna Lossett
    • Heath Meyers
    • Dustin Dove
    • Teresa Hoberg
    • Eileen Butler

See you then to close out this year!