News & Events

January General Membership Meeting

The next General Membership meeting is Wednesday, January 12th at 7pm. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted. The meeting will be held via Zoom, a free online application available on your computer or smartphone.

All neighbors are invited to hear, participate, and learn about neighborhood concerns and current issues (membership not required, although greatly appreciated, and if you renew before Wednesday, you’ll be entered into our raffle).

If you would like to join without a computer or smart phone, you can call into the Zoom meeting by phone:

Phone Number: 301-715-8592
Meeting ID: 850 1572 4763
Passcode: 19128

Enter the Annual WICA Membership Raffle!

It’s time to renew your membership or join Wissahickon Interested Citizens Association (WICA) for 2022.* All memberships expire at the end of each calendar year. Membership is only $10, and this year we have a special treat. If you renew or join by 5PM on January 12, 2022, you are eligible to win a great Wissahickon-themed prize.

A pint glass with Valley Green Inn on it and a pack of four Wissahickon-themed note cards. They are graphically designed to look similar to the National Park Service artwork.

Raffle items include a pint glass featuring Valley Green Inn (left) or a set of 4 blank note cards featuring landmarks close to our neighborhood (right). Both items retail at $15 each – more than the cost of your membership. Winners will be selected live and announced at the January 2022 membership meeting.

We’re grateful to all of our members! WICA Members enjoy the opportunity to contribute to the direction of the future of the neighborhood, to get involved in neighborhood issues, and to help maintain and improve the community.

* All memberships expire at the end of each calendar year and must be renewed on an annual basis to maintain active membership status.

Proposed Legislation: Expansion of Historic District/Demolition Moratorium

Councilmember Curtis Jones has introduced new legislation for a moratorium on demolition in the area roughly bordered by Henry Avenue, Silverwood Street, Roxborough Avenue, and Fountain Street (within the boundaries of the Central Roxborough Civic Association’s (CRCA)). This is to allow for the expansion of the Ridge Avenue Historic District to include properties that indication on the included map. Specific addresses are still being determined.  The moratorium will end once the properties become historic. This is not unlike the first moratorium/historic district of several years ago.  The legislation seeks to maintain the historic character of the neighborhood.

WICA is encouraged by this proposed ordinance and in 2022 we will explore the possibility of a similar plan within our catchment area.

Proposed Ordinance: Expansion of Historic District/Demolition Moratorium

Map: Victorian Roxborough Historic District Potential Boundaries

December General Membership Meeting

The next General Membership meeting is Wednesday, December 8th at 7pm. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted. The meeting will be held via Zoom, a free online application available on your computer or smartphone.

All neighbors are invited to hear, participate, and learn about neighborhood concerns and current issues (membership not required, although greatly appreciated).

If you would like to join without a computer or smart phone, you can call into the Zoom meeting by phone:

Phone Number: 929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 810 3051 5405
Passcode: 579741

Love Your Park Fall Service Day Recap

Thank you to every friend and neighbor who volunteered!

Because of our volunteers, WICA was able to clean up three neighborhood public spaces: LaNoce Park, Wissahickon War Memorial, and David P. Montgomery Field.

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Love Your Park Fall Service Day

Saturday, November 13th at David P. Montgomery Field, LaNoce Park, and Wissahickon War Memorial

collage of volunteers cleaning up parks with an overlay of a green heart that reads "Love Your Park"

Volunteer to help us clean up 3 neighborhood parks! 

LANOCE PARK
5121 Rochelle Avenue | Philadelphia, PA
9:00am-11:00am
Help WICA rake leaves, gather debris, pick up branches, and pull weeds to prepare the park for winter.

SIGN UP HERE ››


WISSAHICKON WAR MEMORIAL
100 Sumac Street | Philadelphia, PA
10:00am-12:00pm
Help WICA and the park’s caretaker rake leaves, gather debris, pick up branches, and prepare the Memorial for winter.

SIGN UP HERE ››


DAVID P. MONTGOMERY FIELD (formerly Daisy Field)
5000 Hermit Lane | Philadelphia, PA
9:30am-12:00pm
Thank you to the Phillies for joining us to clean up the park. Help to rake leaves, gather debris, and pick up branches.

(Please note: registration at this site is full)

November General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, November 10th at 7PM via Zoom

The next General Membership meeting is Wednesday, November 10th at 7pm. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted. The meeting will be held via Zoom, a free online application available on your computer or smartphone.

All neighbors are invited to hear, participate, and learn about neighborhood concerns and current issues (membership not required, although greatly appreciated).

If you would like to join without a computer or smart phone, you can call into the Zoom meeting by phone:
Phone number: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 812 7329 5784
Passcode: 19128

Agenda items include:

Love Your Park fall service day
• Update from Josh Cohen, Chief of Staff of Councilman Curtis Jones
• Guests from the City of Philadelphia Streets Department: Mark Washington, Assistant Traffic Engineer and Ben Baron, District Traffic Engineer for Northwest Philadelphia

WICA Community Yard Sale Fundraiser

Saturday, October 23rd 10am-3pm
Wissahickon Church | Manayunk & Ridge Ave, Rear Parking Lot

DONATE what you don’t want – SHOP for what you do!

Donate your gently used sellable items, volunteer to manage a table, and/or discover your next treasure at the Wissahickon Church. All proceeds benefit WICA’s legal fund and the Wissahickon Church.

Email Lisa Wetzler at lisa@wissahickon.us to provide items or run a table.

Items that have already been donated include: Antiques, Clothes, Kitchenware, Household Goods, Art prints, & 100 step T-shirts.

Special thank you to Pastor Charles for donating the space and tables. 

90 Rochelle Ave: Voting Results

Neighbors attended a public RCO Zoom Meeting hosted by WICA on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 7pm regarding zoning issues for the proposed project at 90 Rochelle Ave.

Voting Results

Do you support the erection of a 65-foot high multi-family household living building with 90 dwelling units, 20 accessory surface parking spaces, and 30 accessory bicycle parking spaces, all of which would require the variances listed below, as determined by the City?

Near Neighbors
(250 feet + Same Block)
All Meeting Attendees
(including Near Neighbors)
Support02
Oppose47491
Abstain03
Total47496

Would you support the proposal if it is changed to a total of 80 units and with 46 parking spaces?

Near Neighbors
(250 feet + Same Block)
All Meeting Attendees
(including Near Neighbors)
Support07
Oppose47482
Abstain07
Total47496

October General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, October 13th at 7PM via Zoom

The next General Membership meeting is Wednesday, October 13th at 7pm. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted. The meeting will be held via Zoom, a free online application available on your computer or smartphone.

All neighbors are invited to hear, participate, and learn about neighborhood concerns and current issues (membership not required, although greatly appreciated).

We will be sharing voting results from the October 5th meeting and discussing next steps.

If you would like to join without a computer or smart phone, you can call into the Zoom meeting by phone:
Phone Number: 929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 861 5807 5888
Passcode: 579741