Meeting Tonight regarding the future of the YWCA building adjacent to Vernon Park

Please come out to hear about and take part in conversations regarding he future of this historic building adjacent to the Park. Meeting is hosted by the GUCDC.


Message from the GUCDC:

Germantown UNITED CDC

Community Meeting on the YWCA Building

Thursday, January 22, 6:30pm, at First United Methodist Church of Germantown(FUMCOG), 6001 Germantown Avenue at High Street.

Germantown United CDC (“GU”) recently learned that the old YWCA building on Germantown Avenue, adjacent to Vernon Park, may be threatened with demolition.

Please join us and other community groups, including Germantown Community Connection, for a meeting at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown (“FUMCOG”) on January 22, 2015, 6:30pm, to hear about the threat to this significant historic centerpiece in Germantown’s “Town Center” and the proposal on the table that may save it. Continue reading

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2014 Annual Report


FoVP Annual Report 14

Dear Friends of Vernon Park.

We hope you enjoyed hearing the voices of children running around the playground, the monarch butterflies on the ironweed or the low winter sun through the trees.  Maybe you bought a necklace at the Flea Market, watched a soccer game or took a walk in the park.

It always surprises me when I sit down to write the annual report just how much has gone on in our Emerald of Germantown since the previous year!  Please, take a few minutes to read the attached annual report and take pride in all your group has achieved this year.

Please consider including Friends of Vernon Park in your year-end financial donations by contributing through Paypal on our website:  or send a check made payable to Friends of Vernon Park, P.O. Box 48374, Philadelphia, PA 19144  We welcome contributions large or small throughout the year.

We hope you’ll join us in 2015.  As noted in the attached report, there will be several months when the park will be under construction and we’ll be unable to work in the park itself.  Do come to our regular meetings, usually held on the second Monday of the month from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Center in the Park (entrance from the parking lot off Rittenhouse Street).

Please feel free to forward this report to anyone who might be interested.

Best wishes to you all,

Ruth Seeley

President, Friends of Vernon Park

You can contribute by Paypal (“Donate” link on sidebar) or send a check made payable to Friends of Vernon Park, P.O. Box 48374, Philadelphia, PA 19144

A tremendous “THANK YOU” to all of our volunteers, donors and visitors to Vernon Park this year. We hope to continue making Vernon Park a wonderful place to be in 2015 with your support.

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Friends of Vernon Park meeting, Monday, December 8th at Center in the Park, from 6-7:30 pm.

Dear Friends and Neighbors of Vernon Park,

Come join us and see the latest design for the Master Plan for Vernon Park from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society design team. This is an exciting time and some parts of the plan are already underway.
Please come promptly so we can have a good block of time for the presentation and questions.  
Meeting:  Center in the Park, Monday, December 8th from 6:007:30 pm.
If you haven’t been to our meetings before, please note you need to use the back entrance to the Center in the Park from the parking lot off Rittenhouse Street and ring the bell at the door.
Ruth Seeley
President, FOVP
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Newsworks Covers Soccer Sisters Halloween Game

The full story is here:

Great work, team, and thanks, Newsworks!

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Soccer Sisters’ Goal Stolen: Please Help!

The Friends of Vernon Park is saddened to learn of the recent theft of the Soccer Sisters’ Goal, worth $1,000. These young athletes and their coaches and families have brought wonderful & positive energy to the Park and we support their organization.

We ask that the community contribute to their effort to raise funds for a new goal. Germantown, we can do it together! Viva Soccer Sisters!

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Saturday, Sept 27: Join the BLOC Party!

This is a very special event highlighting very important issues. Please join friends, neighbors and advocates in Vernon Park this Saturday, Sept 27!

Rally 9 27 14

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Fall Mums Sale!

Fall Mums Sale

all information will be submitted confidentially

Online Payment can be made through PayPal (see sidebar at right.

Checks can be made out & mailed to:


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