News & Events

Thank You!

A huge THANKS to our community for joining us at the rally to oppose the development proposed for 90 Rochelle Ave. Your participation will speak volumes at the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) hearing.

Important Updates and Next Steps:
• We have scheduled a new community meeting for Wednesday, July 6th at 7PM with the developer to present their latest design.
• A continuance was granted on 6/21 by the ZBA. Both the developer and WICA requested the delay of the hearing. We will update the community once a new date has been scheduled.
• Please consider contacting Councilmember Jones and Representative DeLissio to thank them for attending our rally.

Photo by Rachel Winslow

April General Membership Meeting

The next General Membership meeting is Wednesday, April 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).

Agenda items include:

  • Update from Representative Pam DeLissio
  • June Officer Elections
  • Love Your Park Week

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: 876 4957 7831
Passcode: 19128

Philly Spring Cleanup

Saturday, April 2nd

9AM-12PM at LaNoce Park, 5119 Rochelle Ave

Meet us at LaNoce Park at 9am on Saturday, April 2nd to sweep up LaNoce Park and the surrounding side walk and tree pits. We will then meet up with Roxborough Development Corporation (RDC) to pick up litter and debris along nearby parts of Ridge Ave. Supplies will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own materials including brooms, gloves, grabbers, and trash bags.

Click “Sign Up Here” next to the “Love LaNoce Park & Lower Ridge Ave” project. You will likely have to create an account to access the page. If spaces are full, please still plan to join us. The more the merrier!

March General Membership Meeting

The next General Membership meeting is Wednesday, March 9th 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).

Agenda items include:

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: 813 3285 4395
Passcode: 19128

Tree Work at Wissahickon War Memorial

On January 14th, neighbor and arborist Hal Rosner and Shechtman Tree Care performed some much needed tree pruning, removal, and other maintenance at the Wissahickon War Memorial. In the spring, Hal will plant a new street tree in one of the vacant tree pits in front of the Memorial. This work was made possible by WICA through a Philadelphia Activities Fund grant. Thank you to Chief of Staff Josh Cohen on behalf of  Councilmember Curtis Jones Jr., Hal, and the Shectman crew. The Memorial looks great and stands as tall as ever.

February General Membership Meeting

The next General Membership meeting is Wednesday, February 9th 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: 301-715-8592
Meeting ID: 875 6913 1995
Passcode: 19128

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