In an emergency, call 911.
In addition to calling 911 if a potential crime is in progress, please contact the District Community Relations Officer whenever you believe that more frequent police patrols are warranted.
Letters and faxes generally get a better response (especially if you copy the Blue Bell Hill Community Yahoo user group).
14th Police District
Captain Sekou Kinebrew
43 West Haines Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144
215 686 3140 phone
215 686 3141 alt phone
215 685 2199 fax
Blue Bell Hill Park, Rittenhouse Town, Bridget Street, 6000 Block of Daniel Street, 6000 Block of Wissahickon Avenue
39th Police District
Captain Michael Craighead
22nd & Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19140
215 686 3390 phone
215 686 3391 alt phone
215 685 9786 fax
Walnut Lane is generally the dividing line
BBH MEADOW PICNIC CONCERNS
Picnic season has resumed in the BBH Meadow with permits beginning on March 1st. Sometimes picnickers and permit holders violate park rules causing destruction to the meadow, leaving litter behind, and causing noise disruptions to neighbors. Our contacts at the Dept. of Parks and Recreation have instructed us to call 911 when these issues arise. The Civic board would also like to document the ongoing issues in the park, so we can present them to the 39th Police District and Parks and Rec at the end of the permit season.
We are asking neighbors to continue to call 911 first to seek action on the complaint. In addition to calling 911, we would like neighbors to document their complaint by contacting 311 (by phone or online) and/or documenting the complaint with photographs or videos. Please provide the Civic with the 311 reference number and any images or videos taken.
Park rules can be found at http://www.phila.gov/ParksandRecreation.
HOW TO REPORT NOISE (AND OTHER VIOLATIONS) IN THE PARK
- Call 911. While this may not elicit an immediate response (as calls are prioritized based on a classification system), it will create a record of our actions.
- Call the 39th Police District at 215-686-3390.
- Post your actions on the Blue Bell Hill Listserv. This will help the Civic Association keep track of our actions, the frequency, and the response.
The park address is 842 W Walnut Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19144.
HOW TO ADDRESS A CONCERN ABOUT A PROPERTY IN BBH
The following are the Board’s suggested steps for reporting an issue with properties in the neighborhood. These steps reflect the Civic’s goal of helping neighbors. Begin at step number one. If the first step does not resolve the issue, then we move down the list.
1) Neighbor contacts the owner of the property in question to share their concern.
2) If the property owner does not respond to neighbor’s concern, neighbor should notify the Board of property owner’s failure to respond.
3) Board sends a letter to property owner sharing neighbor’s concern and asking if the property owner needs assistance resolving issue(s).
4) If steps one through three do not resolve the issue, the neighbor(s) should report the concern to the City by calling 311.
5) After the neighbor has followed steps one through four, the Board will add the property to our “blighted property” list for future action.
HOW TO JOIN THE BBH SPEEDING SUBCOMMITTEE
The Board has formed a speeding subcommittee. Speeding in our neighborhood is a serious safety and quality of life issue that the Civic is addressing to improve our community. Join us to pursue creative strategies by contacting Board Members Karen Buck or Sidney Ozer who are leading this initiative.
HOW TO JOIN THE BBH PROPERTIES SUBCOMMITTEE
The Board has formed a properties subcommittee. This committee helps identify properties of concern in the neighborhood and seek appropriate actions. Join us to pursue this issue by contacting Board Member Liz Biagioli who s leading this initiative.
HOW TO GET MORE INVOLVED IN THE CIVIC
The Board has formed a properties subcommittee. This committee helps identify properties of concern in the neighborhood and seek appropriate actions. Join us to pursue this issue by contacting Board Member Liz Biagioli