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Kensington news: Scanlon Pool closure, KSC soccer camps, and donations

Heitzman Pool is open for the summer, taken on July 7, 2023. (Photo by Daisie Cardona)

Updated 07/11/23

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

SCANLON POOL: Scanlon Pool is closed for emergency repairs due to a mechanical failure, according to Scanlon’s Facebook page. The pool is expected to reopen later this summer. For now, the City will install a temporary splash pad and other water play items at Scanlon. Heitzman Pool is also open. Questions? Email

JOBS: Esperanza Health Center is looking to hire clerical, medical, and dental assistants. You can apply online.

KV NEWSROOM: A Kensington high school student shares her aspirations in the final essay of this series in partnership with the Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (KCAPA).

SOCCER CAMPS: The Kensington Soccer Club and Street Soccer USA are hosting 1-hour-long soccer camps this summer at Harrowgate Park, McPherson Square Park, and Hissey Playground. The programming is for ages 6-14, all genders. For more information, email

COMMUNITY MEETING: The 24th Police District will have a town hall meeting with Captain Christopher Bullick this Tuesday, July 11, at 7 p.m. The discussion will take place at the Juniata Boys and Girls Club (1001 E. Cayuga St.) with guest speakers from the Department of Human Services, Parks and Rec, and the Neighborhood Nuisance Enforcement Unit.

COMMUNITY MEETING: The 24th Police District is having a community meeting this Wednesday, July 12, at 7 p.m. The meeting at the Veteran Boxing Tavern (2733 E. Clearfield St.) is for residents in the district’s Police Service Area 3. To look up your service area, go to For more information, contact

NKCDC EVENT: The NKCDC Paint Day is this Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the corner lot on Tusculum Street and Kensington Avenue. Residents are invited to paint flower boxes, meet neighbors, and connect to resources. For more information, contact Roberta Dubuclet at 215-427-0350 x109 or

BLOCK CLEANUP: The Harrowgate Civic Association and CLIP are hosting a community cleanup this Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. They will clean the 3100 block of Janney Street from Clearfield Street to Allegheny Avenue. Volunteers should meet in front of 3117 Janney St.

NSNP FARM STAND: The Norris Square Neighborhood Project’s Farm Stand opens for the season this Saturday, July 15, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at 2217 N. 2nd St. The Raíces de Cambio youth run the farm stand collected from the Raíces Garden.

COMMUNITY MARKET: The Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden’s Bazaar, Alternative Market was rescheduled to this Sunday, July 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at 2241 N. Philip St. There will be a plant swap, art, flea market, potluck, and more.

FREE DISTRIBUTION: Our Closet In Your Neighborhood (OCIYN) will distribute free clothing and food at 3222 H St. next Wednesday, July 19, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The Simple Way and Esperanza Health Center are hosting the event. For more information, contact Carlee Pons at 267-256-2179 or

GALAEI PROGRAMS: Galaei’s Gaymer Fridays allows community members to play video games from 2-3:30 p.m. at 118 Fontain St. Register online for Gaymer Fridays or Galaei’s summer camp, “Future Stars: A Performance Camp.” From July 10 to Aug. 11, campers can choose to learn about anime creation, drag, performance art, and music.

SCHOOL SUPPLY DONATIONS: The St. Francis Inn is collecting school supplies for its annual school supply drive. You can drop off school supplies in person at 2441 Kensington Ave. or purchase supplies from the Amazon Wish List.

STAY COOL DONATIONS: The Sunday Love Project is collecting donations to help the Kensington community stay cool in the heat. You can shop the Amazon Wish List, donate on Venmo @sundaylove2014, or share this post.

MCPHERSON DONATIONS: The Everywhere Project is collecting water shoe donations for the children of McPherson Square Library’s summer programming. You can buy shoes from the Amazon Wish List, donate gently-used shoes by emailing, or make a monetary donation on Venmo @everywhereproject.

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 Street, 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: Siani Colón Designer: Zari Tarazona