Since March 2011, the Lansdowne-Yeadon Elm Street Program has served a diverse suburban neighborhood with a celebrated heritage. Our community lies in the Boroughs of Lansdowne and Yeadon and boasts Victorian mansions, contemporary homes, rowhouses, and historic apartment buildings as well as three neighborhood parks and lush street trees. Just over the rail bridge are the cultural attractions and businesses of downtown Lansdowne. A pleasant train or bike ride away is the city of Philadelphia.

How Should We Spend Our Next Grant?

February 4th, 2015

We Need Your Input!
The Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the LEDC Office, 23 S. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne, to talk about what projects residents and property owners would like to see in the Elm Street neighborhood over the next three years. Read More

Call for Entries: “Art in the Park” Contest

December 23rd, 2014

The Union Gardens Elm Street Project, a program of the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), announces a new and exciting opportunity for artists of every level to showcase their skills in a public park setting. We will be purchasing five concrete park benches and are looking for artists to decorate them. The benches will be installed at Interboro Park in Lansdowne, PA. Design entries are due by March 13th. Five designs will be selected and each winner will receive: a $200 cash prize along with your name and the name of your design on a plaque displayed forever on the back of the bench.

All submissions must be received by March 13, 2015. Decisions will be made by in early April with painting to be undertaken in mid-April or May.

Click here for complete details and rules.

Who Wants a Flag?

August 13th, 2014

In an effort to give our neighborhood a more unified feel, we are giving away 50 custom-made Union Gardens flags to the first 50 people who respond (not to exceed three flags on any given block). We will provide the flag, the pole, and the bracket. Flags measure two-and-a-half feet wide by four feet tall. Read More

Tree Project Along Wycombe Avenue

August 13th, 2014

The Union Gardens Elm Street Program has received a grant to purchase and plant street trees in our target neighborhood. After walking the area and researching the best trees, it was felt that Wycombe Avenue from Baily Road to Nyack would be a great place to plant them. Read More

Ribbon Cutting for Park Entrance

July 24th, 2014

Lansdowne Borough Council and the Union Gardens Elm Street Program held a ribbon-cutting on Saturday, July 19 to celebrate the completion of the new park entrance/orchard at 129 Fairview Avenue. The new park entrance is made possible through the combined support of the Lansdowne Economic Development Corp. (LEDC), the Borough of Lansdowne, and a grant from PECO. The ribbon-cutting took place at 4:00 pm during a block party in Interboro Park sponsored by the Union Gardens Elm Street Program. Read More

Block Party

July 24th, 2014

More than 175 residents enjoyed the good weather, good food, and great friends at the Union Gardens Block Party on Saturday, July 19 at Interboro Park. Activities included an arts & crafts table, face painting, and chess club. There were several contests including a 3-legged race, water balloon toss, egg carrying, wheel barrel race, hula hoop contest, and a 3-on-3 basketball contest. Read More

Historic Tour

July 24th, 2014

From July 16 thorugh July 20, hundreds of historic preservation experts and aficionados from all over the country converged on the City of Philadelphia for Forum 2014: A Statewide Conference on Heritage Byways to the Past. As part of the conference, 25 attendees took an historic bus and walking tour of our Union Gardens Elm Street neighborhood. Read More

Goals and Volunteer Opportunities 2014

April 8th, 2014

The Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) has established our goals for 2014. We are looking for volunteers to help with these. If you are interested in being involved in one or more of the goals listed below, please contact Deborah Brodeur at ElmStreet@LansdowneYeadon.org or call 610-745-4063. Read More

Playground Completed

The new playground at Interboro Park, between Bartram and Fairview Avenues, is now complete. Read More

Pennsylvania Downtown Center Article

The Union Gardens Elm Street Program received state-wide recognition from the Pennsylvania Downtown Center in a feature in its quarterly magazine, Centerpiece. To view the entire article, click here.

Brazilian Adventure Concert

On Wednesday, August 6, the results of a month’s worth of study in Brazilian music and culture came to fruition during a free concert at the Twentieth Century Club. The performance, “Brazilian Adventure,” featured eight local youths who spent the summer discovering Brazil’s rich musical flavors with Lansdowne’s own Patricia King and Orlando Haddad ofMinas. The concert was followed by a pizza and soda reception.

Beyond The Lens: A Huge Success!

We recently finished a wonderful program called Beyond the Lens. Our Union Gardens Elm Street Program partnered with Owen Biddle Photo School, the Lansdowne Public Library, and Julio Corcino, an employee at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who had the dream of launching a photography project for Philadelphia Middle School and High School students. Read More

Help for Seniors

Aging At Home – A Community Network is a new program for older adults (60 years of age and older) who live in the William Penn School District communities of Aldan, Colwyn, Darby, East Lansdowne, Lansdowne, and Yeadon. The purpose of the program is to offer services to seniors who wish to remain in their own homes. Some of the programs/activities/services include computer classes, exercise programs, chore services, delivery of hot lunches, money management and assistance with paying bills, and transportation to appointments and for errands. Read More

Design Guidelines

The Union Gardens neighborhood is full of interesting and architecturally significant homes. In order to help maintain that significance, we have prepared a booklet of Design Guidelines with tips and pointers (do’s and don’ts) for renovating your historic Union Gardens home. There’s even a section for building compatible new construction. By being more mindful of the visual, architectural cues and features of our older neighborhoods, we gain a richer experience of the aesthetics of our built environment. We are all caretakers of our heritage, and the first step is becoming aware of what we have. Read More