Stop the Sale of Manton Street Park
  • Petitioned City of Philadelphia

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Stop the Sale of Manton Street Park

    1. Jessica Calter
    2. Petition by

      Jessica Calter

      Philadelphia, PA

At 4th and Manton Streets in South Philadelphia an abandoned pocket park that sat vacant, overgrown, and rundown for years now has renewed life thanks to a dedicated group of volunteer friends and neighbors. But the park is in danger of disappearing. The City of Philadelphia has sold the park without notifying the neighborhood.

Over the last seven months, friends and neighbors have weeded, cleaned, and planted to transform what was a dilapidated lot into an open public park where the neighborhood gathers. The pocket park at 405-411 Manton Street has been in existence for over 50 years. The past 20 years it was badly neglected and became a hotspot for illegal activities. More recently the illegal activity has subsided and park became home to trash and abandoned shopping carts. In just eight weeks over the summer of 2011, an ambitious and eager team of volunteers neighbors mobilized and removed the trash, over grown ivy and dirt by hand, power washed the concrete, and created a community garden.

The most incredible impact of this transformation has not been the physical results, but the bringing together of a neighborhood. The introductions and development of friendships between neighbors who live doors away that might have otherwise remained strangers. People from completely different pasts, have worked hand in hand to improve their surroundings, sharing their experiences and their commitment to shape a better future for their neighborhood - this is proof that a public park and community garden renovation is more than just a source of beauty and an excuse to get outside. These are the building blocks of a thriving community.

On November 23, progress on the park was halted by the discovery that the City Philadelphia via Ordinance 110384 sold the park with no public notice to the neighborhood. The Friends of Manton Street Park and Community Garden have turned their attention from weeding and planning their holiday fundraiser to halting the sale of the park and saving their community open space.

Sign this petition to stop the sale of the park and save a beloved neighborhood open space!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Manton Street Park in the News

      Jessica Calter
      Petition Organizer

      Our story is being covered by the Philadelphia Daily News. Your signatures helped us to get a meeting with Councilman Frank DiCicco yesterday. We are continuing to try to stop the sale and save the park. Thank you for your support of our petition!

    2. We've almost made 100 in just 1 Day

      Jessica Calter
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone who signed the petition! We are so grateful and impressed in the number of supporters we have received in just one day. So we are going to see what we can really do in three days and see if we can get 250 signatures.
      If you live in the neighborhood please join us for our rally in the park on Sunday December 4 from 1-4pm at 4th and Manton Streets in Philadelphia.
      THANK YOU!

    3. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anna Shipp PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • almost 3 years ago

      In addition to all the reasons already mentioned...

      Developing this lot with houses is counterproductive to the city's goals for adding 500 acres of green space in the city limits, ensuring that the majority of citizens will be in walking distance to green space of some kind. Achieving this goal in South Philadelphia is will be difficult as it is because its already so dense. Keep this park space!!

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    • Rosemary Breslin PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Another "Art of the Steal"? City planners don't do a thing with the run-down, virtually abandoned piece of real estate for 20 years and now that civic-minded neighbors CLEANED UP the space (i.e. did the city's job) it's to be sold to the highest bidder? No wonder responsible Philadelphians leave this city in droves!

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    • walter henderson PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • almost 3 years ago

      the city sold a public parking lot on my block without giving anyone notice and now the children have to go over to the school and play with the thugs and drug addicts.

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    • eve egerter PHILA, PA
      • almost 3 years ago

      people need open space and green, there are enough houses, fix the old ones up...

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    • David Rosenberg PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The people in the Manton Street neighborhood worked hard on this park and the city should give them the chance to develop it into a grassroots project, instead of pulling the rug from under their feet.

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