News & Events

May Zoning Committee Meeting

The next meeting will be May 6th at 7pm at Wissahickon Presbyterian Church, 5245 Ridge Avenue. All are welcome. The agenda includes:

  • 200 & 214 Kalos: David Ross of Argo Properties will present revised development plans based on neighbor’s feedback. The preliminary plans presented at the April meeting were to demolish the existing buildings and build nine townhouses. This is an informational meeting only.

    The City-mandated Community Meeting will be held Tuesday, May 14th at 7pm also at Wissahickon Presbyterian Church. A binding vote will be taken at this meeting and the results sent to the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) in the form of a letter from WICA. The ZBA Hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5th at 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor.

2019 Philly Spring Clean-up

Join WICA for the 12th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 6th from 9am to 2pm as we clean and green LaNoce Park. Volunteer registration is now open at All are welcome. Invite your neighbors!

90 Rochelle Ave – Public Meeting & ZBA Hearing

Update: At the ZBA hearing held on January 30th, a temporary 5-year variance (expiring 1/31/2024) was approved with provisos, including commercial trash pick-up three times per week. Additional information can be found on the Zoning Appeals website: Appeal #35968

A canine day care (currently Little White Dog Doggie Daycare located in East Falls) has applied for a use variance to allow for canine services, boarding, and sale of canine products in the existing building at 90 Rochelle Ave.

A public meeting was held to discuss details of the plan with the business owner on January 22nd at 7pm at Wissahickon Presbyterian Church (5245 Ridge Ave). Notes of the meeting were forwarded to the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) prior to the scheduled hearing on January 30th at 2pm at 1515 Arch Street.

2019 Membership Drive

Please support the critical work WICA does for our neighborhood by renewing your membership or becoming a new member today for only $10! The easiest way to do this is through our Membership Page using PayPal. Membership dues are also accepted in person at general membership meetings. All memberships must be renewed at the beginning of each year.

WICA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All membership dues and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

LaNoce Park Fall Service Day 2018

Help us clean, green and love LaNoce Park on Saturday, November 10th 9am-1pm! We are tackling inside the park as well as the surrounding sidewalk. Work to include leaf raking/collection, weeding/gardening, and bulb planting. Some supplies and tools will be on hand but you are free to bring your own. Light refreshments will be provided by local businesses. All are welcome to attend – invite your neighbors!

Please sign-up so we know how many volunteers to expect:

Last year we had a tremendous effort from our volunteers who filled more than 100 lawn waste bags! Check out the photo gallery. (more…)

David P. Montgomery Field Dedication

The dedication of David P. Montgomery Field (formerly Daisy Field) will take place this Sunday, November 4th 11am-12pm. Join us in honoring Mr. Montgomery along with special guests Mayor Jim Kenney, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr, the Phillie Phanatic, and other members of the Phillies organization.


Ridge Avenue Historic District Passed

On October 12, 2018, the Philadelphia Historical Commission passed the Ridge Avenue Thematic Historic District designation.This is great news for the ongoing preservation of our neighborhood’s unique character. The initiative seeks to protect historically significant buildings and structures along Ridge Avenue from the Wissahickon Creek to the Montgomery County line.

A letter from State Rep. Pam DeLissio regarding the recent tragedy in Manayunk

Dear Neighbor,

To a one, I believe we are all terribly saddened and appalled at the murder/suicide that occurred in Manayunk this past week involving a 7-year-old little girl and her biological father. I know only what I have read in the paper and I am aware of much commentary on social media. In particular, citizens are questioning the process and the decisions made by the judge in this matter. (more…)

Wissahickon Gateway Plan

The City Planning Commission adopted the Wissahickon Gateway Plan on July 18, 2018. The plan’s goal is to make it easy to connect to buses, trains, sidewalks, bike trails, and shops at the Wissahickon Gateway. The next steps will be:

  • – SEPTA to hold meetings about the design of the Wissahickon Transfer Center with the public and community groups later this year.
  • – Parks & Recreation to seek money for trail design and construction
  • – Philadelphia City Planning Commission to work with community groups and property owners to make sure new development is consistent with a shared vision.

Wissahickon War Memorial: History & Future

One hundred years ago the Wissahickon Businessmen’s Association, along with the Rexton Boys Club and other supporters, moved the Wissahickon War Memorial to it’s current home on Rochelle Avenue, across from the train station. The original wood memorial had been located at the corner of Osborn Street and Manayunk Avenue. Funds were raised for the permanent Memorial in existence today. The time has come to once again raise funds for the preservation of the Memorial.