This just in: Today’s Groundbreaking has been cancelled due to weather.

Dear faithful friends and neighbors of Vernon Park,

Foiled by dreadful bad weather yet again, the groundbreaking in Vernon Park has been cancelled.

We can all keep our spirits up – the surveyors began marking out the park and the work will begin very soon. So stay warm and cosy, drink hot chocolate and dream of a wonderful summer in the park.

Ruth Seeley,


Friends of Vernon Park

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Just in time for Spring—Groundbreaking has been rescheduled. Please join us!

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New date: Groundbreaking in Vernon Park March 3

Please join us for the Groundbreaking Ceremony on Tuesday, March 3 at 3pm!


Read all about the renovations here:

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Friends of Vernon Park Statement on the YWCA Building

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The Friends of Vernon Park are deeply troubled by the condition of the YWCA building on the park’s northern edge. For 8 years we have watched its disintegration with increasing concern. The building has never been adequately secured, and is a magnet for crime, trash and ugliness. We hope that it will not remain unsecured any longer, no matter what its future holds. Time is of the essence, especially in this extremely harsh winter with potential major ice damage.

The community deserves a full report from city structural engineers and a clear process for proposals for the future development of the building.

Friends of Vernon Park are willing to work with others to ensure a positive outcome for everyone in the neighborhood.

February 24, 2014

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FEB 18 Information Session for Upcoming Greening/Improvements in Vernon Park—Join Us!


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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


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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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