Community Engagement

Neighbors rally to save urban farm in Germantown – learn how you can help

The Germantown community has an extraordinary opportunity to acquire a 0.65-acre parcel of land at 5407 Wissahickon Avenue, formerly the site of the Old Tennis Court Farm, and reactivate this once-thriving community garden.

With the goal of raising the full purchase price for the land and related costs by late October 2016, the gardeners of the Old Tennis Court Farm and the Friends of Cloverly Park are working with Natural Lands Trust to purchase the property, protect it in perpetuity through a conservation easement, and return it to productive community green space.

Germantown Second Saturday Festival is Saturday, May 14, 2016, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Germantown Second Saturday Festival will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Northwest Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood. The festival will take place along a one-block stretch of Germantown Avenue, between School House Lane and Coulter Street, and surround Market Square Park (5501 Germantown Avenue). Rain or shine. The community festival, presented by Historic Germantown and Germantown United Community Development Corporation, invites the public to experience Germantown. Read the full press release.

Shape Chelten Ave: Rapid Planning Project with The American Planning Association, May 16-20

You’re invited to an interactive workshop that will help shape the future of West Chelten Avenue. Residents, business owners, and other stakeholders will be asked to contribute their local knowledge and ideas towards building a collective vision of this commercial corridor. Your participation is critical to the success of this project! Presented by Germantown United CDC and the American Planning Association. Our project will take place during the week of May 16-20, 2016 and include two public events on May 16 and May 19. Learn more.

April 27, 2016
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Office of Sustainability Greenworks Germantown Discussion, Wednesday, May 4

Please join the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability and Germantown United CDC on May 4th 6:30 p.m. at the Flying Horse Center at 5534 Pulaski Ave for a discussion about Greenworks and how Philadelphia’s sustainability plans can help improve your community quality of life.

April 11, 2016
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Vending Opportunities at the Germantown Second Saturday Festival, Saturday, May 14

Germantown United CDC is seeking art and craft vendors to participate in the Art & Craft Marketplace at the Germantown Second Saturday Festival, presented by GUCDC and Historic Germantown. The Festival will be held at Market Square Park, located at 5501 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144 on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine. Please consider signing up to vend, sharing this information with your crafty friends, and attending!

April 1, 2016
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Volunteer in Germantown at the Philly Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 9

The Philly Spring Cleanup is Saturday, 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. citywide (rescheduled from April 9)! In Germantown there will be a huge presence felt all over the neighborhood with over a dozen official projects registered! Join Germantown United CDC and Penn Knox Neighborhood Association’s cleanup of the lower Germantown business district. Volunteers will clean the grounds of the historic Trinity Lutheran Church at 5300 Germantown Avenue and the stretch of Germantown Avenue between Penn Street and Seymour Street. Learn more about our project and many others in Germantown!

March 31, 2016
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New 2016 Community Grant Program Application Deadlines, Germantown United CDC Announces 2015 “Fund for Germantown” Micro-grants

In an effort to align grant funding for community improvement efforts with the warmer weather months for outdoor projects, Germantown United CDC (GUCDC) is changing the grant application dates for the Fund for Germantown, the organization’s micro-grant program supporting community-driven beautification projects in Northwest Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood. In 2016, the deadlines will be Friday, April 15, and Friday, September 30. Learn more.

January 18, 2016
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Germantown United CDC is a finalist in the Knight Cities Challenge!

Germantown United CDC is 1 of 158 finalists in The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Cities Challenge! Civic innovators from across the country submitted more than 4,500 ideas to this year’s challenge.

Germantown United CDC Receives $25,000 Civic Engagement Grant from Pennsylvania Humanities Council

Germantown United Community Development Corporation has received a one-year, $25,000 civic engagement grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council centered on pre-work for a comprehensive neighborhood plan. Understanding the need for a resident-driven approach to community planning and development, Germantown United CDC has joined forces with the theater-based nonprofit Just Act to connect organized groups of residents operating at the micro level – from block associations to neighborhood civics with limited boundaries – and map both the formal and informal networks currently contributing to community improvement efforts in Germantown.

December 17, 2015
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First Look at New Neighborhood Website for Germantown

Germantown United CDC is excited to share the design drafts for the long-awaited online business directory and neighborhood website for Germantown, launching in early 2016. GUCDC received a grant from the Philadelphia Commerce Department to develop the website, which will promote the revitalization of Germantown’s business corridors and inform residents and visitors about amenities and attractions in the neighborhood.