The Spruce Hill Community Association is an active and diverse group of residents, students, business owners, and institutions committed to making the Spruce Hill neighborhood a great place to live and work.
May Fair is just a few days away! Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, we have some amazing raffle items to give away this year! Get your tickets below or stop by the Spruce Hill booth this Saturday to purchase. You can select from one of five baskets, and you can see what they look like here!
We also have three fantastic musical acts queued up for the event! Here’s the schedule:
SEPTA Forward’s Bus Revolution project is focused on delivering an easier to use, more convenient and more reliable bus network informed by its riders. Get involved by sharing feedback throughout the project and help us continue to drive SEPTA forward. Here is a link to the latest SEPTA bus rout designs. SEPTA Forward: Bus Revolution
When Penn students move out certain blocks are left with a lot of trash, discarded furniture, etc. Help target the location(s) or blocks that have an annual problem with excessive amounts of trash, discarded furniture etc. left on sidewalks during student moveout and suggest solutions in this short survey: https://forms.gle/u84k5Yp8xwaQSDHz7
Our Board meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm, at the Spruce Hill Center at 257 S. 45th Street After years of being remote due to the pandemic, we are excited to return to live face-to-face meetings but with the following COVID-19 precautions:
Only Board members and guest speakers will be allowed to attend in person,
Community members will be invited to attend virtually via Zoom
The Zoom link and agenda have been emailed to our Google group.
Jan 10 New Board Member Training at 6:45. Friends of Clark Park Master Plan Feb 14 Cancelled to avoid Valentine’s Day Feb 7 Jeanette Brugger, Philly, Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator Potential new bike lanes and repaving on Walnut St. Mar 14 The University of Pennsylvania Department of Public Safety: Vice President, Kathleen Shields Anderson Chief Gary Williams Officer Nikol Taylor Apr 11 TBA May 9 TBA Jun 12 TBA Sep 12 TBA Oct 10 TBA Nov 14 TBA
After two long years, we are delighted to announce that the May Fair will return to Clark Park! We invite you to participate in the 64th Annual Spruce Hill Community Association May Fair, to be held on Saturday **May 7th, 2022**, 12-6PM in Clark Park, 43rd & Chester Avenue. We are inviting vendors, local artisans, community groups and organizations seeking to do outreach and promotion to be part of the SHCA May Fair.
Space is limited and priority will be given to local community organizations and artisans. Vendor fees are set affordably low (all $40 or less for the day), reflecting our mission to connect the neighborhood with local groups and artisans. No second-hand goods or commercial products please – this is a day to showcase works that local artisans have produced themselves.
Please note that we are unable to accept vendor applications from businesses/organizations that plan to sell prepared food or beverage items at tables due to Health Department regulations in relation to our permitting process for the Fair. Food vendors with a free-standing and separately permitted truck/cart may still be able to participate. If you have a truck/cart, please contact Terry Mond ([email protected]) who can discuss this further with you.
To submit an application, prospective vendors are invited to request a table online by SUN MAY 1st- follow this link:
We provide a 6-foot table, table covering and chair in a 10-foot space for the day. We assign locations and will give notice regarding exact location by e-mail a few days before the event. Guidelines: No displays on the ground. No products that compete with raffle. No recorded music or generators.
Applications will be reviewed in the order received and if you are selected to participate, you will receive e-mail notification along with instructions for online payment submission. If selected, please plan to arrive after 10:30AM to give us time to set up. Look for parking in lots around USciences and Woodland Avenue. NO vehicles in the park under any circumstances.
Our policy is to work around any threatening showers if at all possible and hold the event as planned. However, in the event of significant rain, we will have to cancel the event and if you choose, you will be given a refund of 50% of the vendor fee. You may also elect to donate the remainder of the vendor fee. We cannot provide a full refund as we are an all volunteer non-profit community organization and will have already outlaid money for May Fair expenses including table rental deposits. If we need to cancel, you will be notified as soon as the decision is made so you can plan accordingly.
Last Friday, Cpt. Gillespie from the 18th police district held a community meeting by Zoom to discuss the recent uptick in gun-involved crimes in Spruce Hill and neighboring areas. For those of you unable to attend that meeting, Cpt. McCoy from Penn Police and UPenn’s Division of Public Safety has shared the tips below on how to stay safe:
This toolkit is a resource for individuals and organizations throughout Philadelphia. It recognizes the importance of sustaining the city’s older buildings and sites — with a
broad definition of what makes something “historic.” From grassroots to the government, community members have the power to preserve and revitalize the older places that matter in the city of neighborhoods.
This toolkit is based on the knowledge and input of community members from across Philadelphia, inspired by conversations about how current public policies affect or harm the character of their neighborhood.
This toolkit can be used by anyone in your community: homeowners, renters, business owners, developers, and neighbors of all ages and education levels.