Kat Zagaria's oasis in the trees

Kat Zagaria Favorite Spot: The Pavilion in the Trees by Martin Puryear Neighborhood: Fairmount Park Address: It's hard to find, but it's close to the Japanese Tea House I Am: A museum professional from Fairmount who loves animals and Philadelphia Years in Philly: 3 Current Home: Fairmount My Love Note Dear Pavilion in the Trees, I remember the day we met. It was completely by accident. After a nice bike ride to the Japanese House, my boyfriend and I found ourselves wandering around the Horticultural society. Being a Read more

Stay Wild Washington Avenue Green

Noelle Egan Favorite Spot: Washington Avenue Green Neighborhood: Delaware River Waterfront/Pennsport Address: Washington Ave and Columbus Blvd. I Am: A librarian who loves to take advantage of all the culture and nature that Philly offers. Years in Philly: 15 Current Home: Queen Village My Love Note Washington Ave Green, I love you. You're scrappy and a sweet experiment in park-making in the city. I love that, on any given day, I can run or bike down the street and be behind the city, in a place that feels Read more

The 1:24AM love note to Philadelphia

Christian Monroe Favorite Spot: Philadelphia, from the Divine Lorraine to Pennsport I Am: Chris Monroe Years in Philly: 4 Current Home (neighborhood): Passyunk Square, South Philly. My Love Note Dear Philly, I guess a love letter starts off full of passion and promise and hope. Perhaps I'm cynical and don't quite understand the vastness of what love is, or perhaps it can be summed up via some letters on keyboard. You understand don't you? I remember the moment I saw the Divine Lorraine and was finally able Read more

Devil’s Pool

Love Note #68: Vincent Alleva Jr. — Some beers, his dog, and Devil’s Pool in Wissahickon Park

Vincent Alleva Jr.
Favorite Spot: The Wissahickon Creek and Devil’s Pool
Neighborhood: Northwest – Valley Green which is situated between Roxborough, Chestnut Hill, West Mt. Airy and Germantown

I am: A third generation Philadelphian. I live, work, and play in Philly. I have lived in many neighborhoods in the city including Kingsessing, Parkside, Fairmont, Lower Moyamensing, and Pennsport. I blog about the South Philadelphia community on a facebook group page called South Silly. I’ve worked for the Painters and allied trades union of Philadelphia for 8 years. I currently work at the Barbary in Fishtown. On my spare time I enjoy spinning music, riding my bike throughout the city and walking my dog to the plethora of parks in and around my neighborhood.
Years in Philly: On and of for 14 years.
Current Home: Pennsport

My love note: In ’93 my family moved out of Southwest Philly to South Jersey where I grew up, in the suburbs. That gave me the opportunity to become a boy scout and spend plenty of time camping and playing in the woods. As I grew older, the allure of moving back to the city became a daily commute. 

Upon moving my adult self back to the city, I longed for the hot summer days spent in the woods by creeks and rivers. To me, there is nothing like getting the dog ready, filling a backpack with some beers, and heading to the woods with some buddies to go cliff jumping and swimming in the Wissahickon. Relaxing, fun, and adventurous. 

Meeting other people out there and watching dare devils doing back flips some 15-20 feet above the water with perfect execution and thundering splash is most definitely entertaining. Catch it during the week when its not so busy with a few close friends and you’ll have yourself a wonderful time. The surroundings can almost bring you back in time. This is why I love the Wissahickon Creek and Devils Pool.
(Top and third photo by Vincent)
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