Washington Square Beautification

Washington Square is one of the squares from William Penn’s plan for Philadelphia and today is part of the Independence National Historical Park (INHP). In its history it has served as a burial ground and a gathering place, and today it provides respite for neighbors and visitors alike.

With funds and sweat equity provided by the community, the Society Hill Civic Association, its subsidiary Society Hill Preservation Foundation and volunteers help keep Washington Square beautiful. Working with the Park Service, SHCA helps maintain the Square through fundraising, seasonal plantings and occasional special projects.

Over the years, SCHA has worked with INHP to refurbish the fountain and restore the guard houses. In 2016, SHCA, in cooperation with INHP and with the donated design services of landscape architectural firm The Olin Studio, reimagined and created the new landscaping around the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the fountain.

More recently in early 2020, SHCA contributed the funds for the entire tree canopy to be trimmed.  We’ll now have healthier trees, less branch damage on windy days and new light patterns that will encourage the grass to grow!

Chair: Fred Manfred & Sherley Young

The Washington Square Affair

Join us under the tent on Thursday May 18th, 2022, for the 6th Washington Square Affair to benefit Washington Square Park.  Everyone is invited to enjoy a festive evening with friends, neighbors, and local businesses, to celebrate the jewel of our historic neighborhood. This tented event be held in the Square from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The Affair will feature gourmet delicacies from area restaurants and caterers, along with libations and entertainment. Be there or be Square!


Chair: Joan Tropp & Fred Manfred