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Kensington news: Parks investment, open-air drug market operation, and community day event

Families sit and play at McPherson Square Park for the City’s kickoff event to celebrate the return of the free summer meals program and the Parks and Rec’s Playstreets and PlayParks program on June 20, 2023. (Photo by Daisie Cardona)

Need a roundup of the local news impacting Kensington?

Kensington Voice publishes weekly news updates to increase community information. There’s a monthly roundup in our print newspaper, too.

Here’s this week’s roundup below.

FREE ACTIVITIES: To browse upcoming programs at Kensington, McPherson Square, and Lillian Marrero libraries, visit

PAL CENTER PROGRAMS: The PAL centers are open this summer on Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturdays, 1-9 p.m. For more information, go to

PARKS INVESTMENT: This week, join parks meetings to start helping decide how the invest the City’s national opioid settlement funds in Kensington. The six neighborhood parks receiving the funding are Harrowgate Park, Hissey Playground, Hope Park, McPherson Square Park, Scanlon Playground, and Trenton & Auburn Playground & Park. Read the full story (and fill out the community surveys) on KV’s website.

KV NEWSROOM: On Monday, City officials and law enforcement officers shared the results of a three-day multiagency operation targeting the Kensington drug market last week. The operation targeted properties on the first day, open-air drug markets on the second day, and public spaces on the third day — all within the 24th, 25th, and 26th police districts. Read the full story on KV’s website.

I-95 FIRE: A section of I-95 in Tacony reopened to vehicles ahead of schedule on June 23 with a big ceremony. The overpass collapsed from a tanker truck fire on June 11. Crews worked almost two weeks to fill the gap and build three northbound and southbound lanes. The outer lanes and exit ramp are still under construction.

CAREER FAIR: The Lighthouse is hosting a career fair to fill positions within The Lighthouse Family School this Wednesday, June 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Applicants should bring their resumes and certifications. The career fair will be at 141 W. Somerset St.

COMMUNITY DAY EVENT: The Beginning of the Month Jawn is this Saturday, July 1, 12-4 p.m., at 3400 J St. The Block Gives Back, Hopeworks Camden, the Kensington Corridor Trust, and other vendors will be at the free community day event. There will be entertainment, resources, and a community workout from Bodied By Benzii. For questions, contact Jasmin at 267-401-0254 or

IGLESIAS GARDEN: Iglesias Garden announced its upcoming community and gardening events. Gardeners can participate in Weeding Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in June and July.

ZUMBA: Sign up for Zumba classes at Esperanza Health Center’s community building, The CORE, at 3222 H St. The class is every Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. until July 20. To sign-up, call Anna Cole at 215-302-3150, ext. 297.

KV LAB: Miss Awilda’s Media Learning Lab is a safe, supportive space where people of all ages can access free computers, internet, creative software, and learning support. The lab is inside Kensington Voice’s office space at 3237 Amber St., 3rd floor. It is open Monday through Friday from 10:30-2:30 p.m. Get a free membership by filling out this registration form. Questions? Email

KV YOUTH PROGRAM: The Youth Voices Program is for youth grades 6-12, located at Kensington Voice’s space at 3237 Amber Street, 3rd floor. The program provides activities based on creative writing, poetry, visual storytelling, and more. The free summer program is Monday to Thursday, 1-5 p.m. To register, fill out this form. Questions? Email

VOTER REGISTRATION: You can register to vote online, by mail, or in person at the Voter Registration Office at 520 N Columbus Blvd., 5th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19123. You can also call the office at 215-686-1590 to request voter registration applications by mail.

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Editors: Zari Tarazona Designer: Zari Tarazona