Archive for June, 2009
Mid-summer is not the time for epic cleanups (unless you’re on the rugby squad), but you can join Ivy Ridge Green for a combination work session & happy hour twice on Tuesdays this July, 6pm – 8pm:
- Tuesday July 7th, Annie Scott and Marlene Schleifer will lead a cleanup of Germany Hill, starting at Fountain and Smick Streets. Piggy back on the work they did already this season with “Philadelphia Cares” — it’s a beautiful spot, and getting more so.
- Tuesday July 21st, I’ll lead a cleanup of Ivy Ridge Trail and — at Union Jack’s afterwards — update any neighbors who are interested on our progress with SEPTA and the City.
So consider donating a couple of hours of your week and stick around to tell us more about what’s going on in your neck of the neighborhood.
Back in the early ’90’s, two young mothers living on Umbria Street, Colleen Long and Amy Turella, decided to tackle the steps at the bottom of Fountain Street that lead to the Manayunk Canal. At that time, the steps were overgrown with weeds, the gutters to the sewer inlets were filled with trash, the area had rodents, people were afraid to walk down the steps to get to and from the Canal or to the factories on Venice Island.
After numerous phone calls to various agencies, organizing cleanups with neighbors and getting help from some agencies like Philadelphia Green, PECO, Grainger, Philadelphia More Beautiful and others, the steps became managable. Countless number of cleanups and plantings followed. About the same time, Colleen, Amy and Sue and Blaise Syrnick and a few neighbors formed the Umbria Street Neighbors Association, which holds 2 flea markets a year at the Ivyridge Train Station. The proceeds from these flea markets help to keep the steps maintained. In the spring of 2009, with an influx of new interest and attention, the Umbria Street Neighbors were able to buy shrubs and some native plants and have them planted in the landings and sides of the steps.
With this interest and the many years of hard work by the Umbria Street Neighbors, the Steps have become a beautiful green space and safe access to the Canal.
[Eds. note: this work continues, and if you would like to be involved in cleanups and plantings of the steps, please check the Ivy Ridge Green events calendar.]
Encouraging news from Sarah Stuart at the excellent Bicycle Coalition blog:
It’s been a busy week for the campaign to “Complete the Trail.” on Tuesday, the groups who have been working together on this issue have formed the Complete the Schuylkill River Trail Coalition which includes: Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadephia, Schuylkill River Park Alliance, Schuylkill River Heritage Area, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Bartram’s Garden, Manayunk Development Corporation and Schuylkill Project, East Falls Development Corporation, Friends of Ivy Ridge Trail, Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, East Coast Greenway Alliance, Fairmount Park and Schuylkill River Development Corporation.
On Thursday, the online petition hit 2500.
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Germany Hill is a 20-acre wooded tract which is bounded by Smick Street, Fountain Street, Mansion Street and Parker Avenue. At present, 12 acres are owned by the Fairmount Park Commission. Unfortunately, the area is mostly overgrown and neglected. Several area cleanups have taken place, but many more are needed in order to allow this park land to reach its potential. If you’re interested in assisting with the periodic cleanups and/or assisting us in crafting a vision for this area, please contact us at email@example.com.