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.

Summer Music Classes for Teens with Minas

June 9th, 2014

The Union Gardens Elm Street program announces that applications are now being accepted for Summer Music Classes for teens with Minas. Learn Brazilian music this summer and then perform a show in August.
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Update: Interboro Park Entrance

June 5th, 2014

Construction is nearly complete on the new entrance to Interboro Park along Fairview Avenue. The Neighborhood Advisory Committee and members of several subcommittees are planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony in early July.

The new park entrance is a joint effort funded by the Borough of Lansdowne, the Union Gardens Elm Street Program, and a grant from PECO. The fence in the rear of the site is being removed so that visitors will be able to access the park from Fairview Avenue as well as Bartam Avenue. 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

Your New Elm Street Manager

November 12th, 2013

My name is Debbie Lamborn Brodeur and I’m happy to be your new Elm Street Manager. I worked for Community Action Agency for thirteen years and through them, I worked in this neighborhood for the past five years, writing the Elm Street Plan (with help from so many people) and operating three Group Work Camps (with help from hundreds of people). I am happy to be back in the area and look forward to seeing my old friends again. Read more

Healthy Homes

November 12th, 2013

As a homeowner in the Elm Street neighborhood (see map; you must live within the boundaries), you may be eligible for several programs to provide renovations at your home. These include:

  • Elm Street Façade Program: providing up to $5,000 for various exterior improvements such as painting, roof and siding repair, brick pointing, gutters and downspouts, landscaping, wheelchair ramps, etc. Read more

What's Happening in Your Neighborhood

November 12th, 2013

129 Fairview Ave., Lansdowne: The Borough of Lansdowne took ownership of this property, demolished the vacant home there, and is now working with our office to plan and develop a small park area with an entrance into Interboro Park (previously inaccessible from Fairview). The park will include a small tree orchard of various fruit trees, as well as blueberry shrubs, benches, birdhouses, and more. Read more

Façade Program: Round 1

November 5th, 2013

Applications were taken earlier this fall for the first round of façade renovations. Seven homes were chosen and renovations began in November. All repairs were paid with state funding, provided to the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.

Farmers Market is Back!

October 24th, 2013

On October 10th and 24th, we hosted two Farmers Markets at Yeadon Community Park from 4-7 pm. While the weather wasn’t cooperating on October 10th, we had a beautiful day on the 24th and a nice turnout. Vendors included: Relishing Grannies, Golden Valley Farms Coffee Roasters, Poundcake Heaven, and Snyder’s Produce. We hope to bring the market back every Thursday next summer, so watch for updates. Read more

Call for Cameras

Beyond the Lens: Photo Projects for Young Photographers
The Union Gardens Elm Street Project, in partnership with The Owen Biddle Photo School, Julio Corcino, and The Lansdowne Public Library, is launching a program to bring the passion of photography to disadvantaged young people, with the idea of providing them an exciting entrance into all the possibilities of this art form. 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

Labor for Your Neighbor

Volunteers Needed: Projects Needed

We’ve been contacted by several groups (mostly students) that want to do some volunteer projects this spring and summer. If you live in the Union Gardens neighborhood (see map) and have a small project or two that needs doing around your house (preferably on the exterior, such as landscaping or porch painting), let us know so we can try to match you with one of our volunteer groups. Read more

Crime Watch

After a drive-by shooting on the 100 block of Nyack Street left two men critically injured, Lansdowne Councilman Michael Schleigh called a neighborhood meeting at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church on Bartram Street on November 4, 2013. About 35 residents came out to hear Councilman Schleigh, Mayor Jayne Young, and Acting Police Chief Dan Donegan discuss the fact that this is a rare occasion in our neighborhood, but a serious one nonetheless. 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