This issue of Around the Block was originally published on 7/19/19. It features a lead article highlighting The Block Family and their love for Wissahickon Valley Park. Read on!
Volume 18: Issue 32 7/19/19
Wissahickon Valley Park is a Family Affair for the Blocks
Leave it to a guy named “City” to marry a girl from rural Ohio, but that’s exactly what I did about 12 years ago. From day one, Kristen told me how important it was for her to be immersed in nature. She grew up in Conneaut, Ohio, which is situated along Lake Erie at the mouth of the crystal clear Conneaut Creek. During her childhood, she would spend time at her grandparent’s farm, with spectacular Pine tree woods and the cool creek valley running right through it.
Over the years, we’ve lived in some of Philly’s most awesome neighborhoods like Society Hill and University City, but it has always been Kristen’s dream to move closer to her favorite place in the city, Wissahickon Valley Park.
Ok, as a life-long Philly guy, I always loved Fairmount Park and the Wissahickon, but I was a Center City guy. Now, of course, I grew up and always lived in Center City, and always worked on Rittenhouse Square, but I then became a University City guy—still living in Philly, and it was an easy drive to Center City. Loved it. Now I’m a Mt. Airy guy—still living in the city and easy (and beautiful) drive to Center City. And I love it. We live on an amazing Philly block, about a 100 yards to a discreet trail entrance to the Wissahickon Valley Park , which truly means so much to me, Kristen, Ari, Ezra, and (especially) Gordon our mini-Labradoodle.
Here…I’ll let Kristen explain…
As Jeff said, I grew up in a rural part of Ohio. My grandparents had 88 acres of land surrounding a valley. We’d regularly play in the creek, pick vegetables, and do the campfire thing.
As a child, I was fascinated by my surroundings. I remember nature walks where I would collect all sorts of treasures like fossils and Native American arrowheads.
The first time I was ever in Philadelphia (to audition for University of the Arts in the mid-90’s), I was driving on Lincoln Drive, and I remember thinking it was so beautiful and reminded me of the valley back home…
SEPTA’s got a new map rolling out, hitting stations at the end of summer. Unlike the maps that have been in place for decades, the new one indicates route colors that show frequency of arrival. Curbed Philadelphia reported: “As SEPTA gets ready to rethink its bus network, the maps and new communications tools will help customers better understand how to take advantage of our existing network, while also using it to explore how we can improve it in the future,” said SEPTA’s general manager, Jeffrey Knueppel.
UC Dining Days!
Expect 3 courses at 3 varying price points 7/18 – 7/28 – ($15, $25 and $35). University City Dining Days are back! Have a delicious lunch at Pattaya Thai Cuisine or head to Zavino Wine bar and Pizzaria for alfresco dining and their awesome chocolate mousse dessert with brownie bites and salted caramel. Park at 38th and Walnut or 40th and Walnut between 5-10 p.m. and get reduced $8 parking with validation. Here’s a complete listing of participating eateries.
UNGITE aut PERITE
Ok, maybe “Join or Die” is a little extreme for Major League Soccer, but have you ever been to Talen Energy Stadium to watch the Philadelphia Union? It’s just a few minutes past the airport on 95 South, at the base of the Commodore Barry. They take on the Chicago Fire tomorrow night, July 20th at 7:30 p.m. You can get your tix here. Take a photographic tour of the stadium here. Solid food too, everything from Empanadas to Jerk Chicken Sandwiches to loaded tater tots.
BTW, for the Sons of Ben, nothing is too extreme. Ad finem fidelis.
The Heat is On
First of all, CBT is not hosting any open house this week. Around 100F with a RealFeel of 110+ is just way too hot. So we will give the opens a break and be back next week!
And with your free time, here are 10 ways to beat the heat with kid or kids in tow. Mommynearest.com reminds us all where to seek out splash pads, museum air conditioning and whoa – Disney’s Lion King premiers this weekend too. And here’s a reminder…no beach badges are required in AC so make a day of it and take a splash at the ocean’s edge with ice cream sandwich in hand.
Spotlight Property of the Week
Fitler Square – Parking Available
276 S 23rd Street
4 Bed | 3 Bath | Family Room + Office
Spacious and light-filled 4 bedroom plus family room and office, 3 bath townhome. Splendid character throughout. Superb Fitler Square location. Seller to pay for one-year GARAGE PARKING at Fitler Walk (secure, self-park, assigned space, two blocks from home).
Just an amazing location in the GREENFIELD School Catchment. 97 WalkScore, 100 TransitScore, 96 BikeScore. One block from Fitler Square, 2 blocks from the Schuylkill River Trail, Park, dog park, and playground. Walk to so many restaurants, coffee shops, markets, HUP, CHOP, Rittenhouse Square, and everything Center City has to offer.
Apparently, we’re all going to roast until Sunday at 11:00 p.m. This is an official heat emergency and it’s really important to not only take precautions for you and your young ones but also check on your young-at-heart neighbors and friends. According to Philly’s Health Commissioner, Thomas Farley, MD, MPH “In a heatwave, the majority of the victims are older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions.” Read suggestions and factoids here – complements of Max Bennett, Patch Staff.
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