After all the rain Overington Park was looking like Spring. The sun was out but the winds were strong. We had 31 volunteers come out to work and put our park in order this past Saturday, April 5th, for the coming growing season.
The Joy of Living group saved the day by coming out and working hard until our tasks were completed. We had the Frankford ROTC and the Frankford Garden Club come out and support our efforts, lead by FOOP (Friends of Overington Park) members. We cleaned up the sidewalks around the park, cut back grass edging in our flower beds, cleaned out all the flower beds, opened and mulched our new vegetable bed, and cleared the way for our climbing vine bed along the fence of Leiper St.. We picked up 78 bags of trash, and straightened up our shed to be ready to work in the growing season ahead. We were hoping for more volunteers, but we pushed the ones who came to finish the list of jobs. The amount of work we accomplished was amazing! Our park looked beautiful by the end of the day.
Our next event will be on Saturday, May 17th, from 10 till 1, during the Love Your Park Week. We will be holding a perennial plant sale, planting trees, vegetables, vines, and flower beds. We need all the help we can get, so think about coming out and making your community
Thanks again to everyone that helped last Saturday and please join us again on May 17th. Without the hard work of the Frankford community, Overington Park would not be the jewel it is today, your help has made all the difference, Thank You!
You wouldn’t think this nice little building would be a source of controversy. The Frankford Day Nursery (4445 Penn Street) served the community for close to 100 years and now is closed and up for sale. At the recent town hall meeting, some residents expressed concern that it was being converted to a transitional residence of some kind. Both state representative Tony Payton and councilperson Maria Quinones-Sanchez said they knew nothing of such plans but would look into the rumor.
At the Frankford Civic meeting last night, the operators of the Joy of Living recovery house attended and talked about their plan to use the day nursery building as a recovery house. They had been in contact with Tony Payton’s office and in fact had some kind construction permit.
So there was some confusion in Tony’s office about what to do and how to do it. When this expansion of the Joy of Life services was being planned, the operators should have come to the Frankford Civic to discuss the issue. It would have been good if Tony’s office had told them about it.
New Rule: You don’t open a drug related facility in Frankford without getting community support from the Frankford Civic Association.