Town Hall in Winter

The CHCA encourages a sense of community and works to improve the quality of life in Chestnut Hill.

Visit us at Town Hall
8434 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118, 215-248-8810

From the Executive Director

Dear Neighbors and Friends of Chestnut Hill,

Happy Spring Everyone!

Things are in bloom, people are getting vaccinated and it feels hopeful that there may be a slow return to normalcy. The CHCA remains busy as ever with online events and some small in person member only events. The 2020/2021 Annual Appeal has come to a close and we are so grateful to everyone who gave. A special call out to those who helped us meet our challenge grant by making a second gift. Due to our generous donors we will be receiving the match of $15,000 bringing the total amount raised in this year’s appeal to just over $75,000. With no revenue coming in from our annual fundraisers in 2020 and very little likely in 2021, funds raised through the Appeal are more important to the sustainability of the CHCA than ever before. We are truly grateful!

We look forward to seeing you all as things begin to open up. Please stay safe and enjoy the beauty of Chestnut Hill in the springtime!



Anne McNiff

Anne McNiff

Executive Director

CHCA Members Only Events

We curate a variety of events like lectures, concerts, bird watching, dinners with live music, and classes for our CHCA members. Our members only events are usually in partnership with local institutions like Chestnut Hill College, the Whitemarsh Foundation, and Woodmere Art Museum, as well as local restaurants and businesses.

In celebration of Earth Month, the Greenspace Initiatives Committee approved funding in excess of $15,000 for three new beautification projects that will start this Spring:

– Highland Ave. Train Station Beautification
– First phase of enhancements to Mermaid Park, located on the southern end
of Germantown Avenue at the gateway to Chestnut Hill
– Friends of Pastorius Park’s West Abington/Roanoke site pilot project

Read more about these efforts in The Local.

The CHCA Tree Fund is the funding source for these projects which are vetted and approved by CH Greenspace Initiatives Committee.

Upcoming Ask the Experts Event:

Earth Day Every Day: How to Bring Nature Back to the Neighborhood
Thursday, April 22, 2021, 7pm – 8pm 

Ask questions; get solutions! Organized by the Chestnut Hill Conservancy and co-sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Community Association.

Rob Fleming and Christopher Sohnly will speak about sustainable practices for the home gardener. Rob is an experienced landscape architect and teacher with special expertise in the design, care, and restoration of historic and natural landscapes. Christopher, co-founder of local landscape firm Spruce Hollow Designs LLC, will describe environmentally diverse design, planting, restoration, and maintenance practices to add value and diversity to your yard and garden.

Free, registration required. Zoom link and details will be sent to registrants on the day of the event.


Have you seen the new CHCA Membership page redesign? 

Learn about all the benefits of your CHCA membership!

Our new 2021 Passport to the Chestnut Hill Experience page lists all our Passport Partners, their coupons, and links to their websites and social media so you can check out their current specials, menus, deals, & events.

CHCA has a new blog! We will be updating it regularly with new helpful content for residents and lovers of Chestnut Hill.

Check out our newest post about CH Parks!

Chestnut Hill, “Philadelphia’s Garden District”, is graced with parks of every size and use. Multiple beautiful green spaces can be found within walking distance from any spot in the neighborhood. At the bottom of the hill is the historic Pergola Park. At the opposite end are the varied landscapes of Morris Arboretum. And in between one can find a park for mediation, playgrounds, multiple trail heads, a reading garden, a native plant garden, and more. There is a park for every mood, whether you want to visit with neighbors, play sports, enjoy live music, or even view some art. Goldilocks would not be able to, nor would she have to, choose between our big, middle, and little parks. And neither do you. Learn more about the parks of Chestnut Hill:

Upcoming CHCA Meetings

2021 Upcoming Meetings

The CHCA office is not currently open to visitors. Per the City’s regulations and recommendations, our staff are working from home. To reach the CHCA please call 215-248-8810 and leave a message or email

Note: Agenda items are subject to change. To confirm an item is on a specific meeting agenda, please email

Development Review Committee
Zoom Meeting
•    30 W. Highland Ave. – variance request for 8 townhouses

Register to attend this meeting at:
Or email for the link to register

Thurs. April 22nd
CHCA Board of Directors Meeting
Zoom Meeting
•    30 W. Highland Ave. – variance request for 8 townhouses

At this time all meetings are held via Zoom. To receive a link to a specific meeting, email

For agenda items and additional information, see our weekly listing in the Chestnut Hill Local or check on webpage at 2021 UPCOMING MEETINGS

From the Philadelphia Police Department 

Community Partners Events & Activities:

Chestnut Hill Hospital Hosts a Wellness Event 

Date:              May 2, 2021 (rain date: May 16)

Time:               11 am to 5 pm

Location:         8000 to 8600 blocks of Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

More than 50 home & garden vendors along historic Germantown Avenue

Landscape, lawn & tree care, garden sculpture & garden displays, heirloom plants, flowering baskets, terrariums and more

Home design, hand-made furniture, quilts, jewelry, clothing, arts & collectibles

Boutique shopping at Chestnut Hill’s fine shops

Live music

The festival gives you a great opportunity to sample some of Chestnut Hill’s wonderful food: Barry’s Buns, Bredenbeck’s Bakery, Campbell’s Place, Chestnut Hill Brewery, Fiesta, Cosimo’s Pizza Cafe, McNally’s Tavern (including the famous Schmitter®), Iron Hill Brewery, Chestnut Grill & Sidewalk Cafe, Tavern on the Hill, Poppy’s Café and Weavers Way Coop.  And, of course, popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream, baked goods, and more.

For kids:  arts & craft activities, music, and a train ride

Check back in late April for a complete map of festival activities, shops, and vendor locations.  This year’s Home & Garden Stroll promises to be exciting from end to end!

Admission:  FREE

Parking:   $10 parking on select lots


For more information: or 215-247-6696

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Don’t just live in Chestnut Hill, be part of the community.

Support year round fun, interesting and entertaining ideas.

Read your local paper produced right here, under local ownership, by real journalists and expert contributors.

Take a stroll and enjoy the shade of the tree-lined streets and know you are a part of keeping this neighborhood green.

Enjoy the Passport to the Chestnut Hill Experience, a membership perk with $1,000 in discounts and free offers from Chestnut Hill area businesses and restaurants

Don’t just live in Chestnut Hill.

Experience it.



Strengthen Your Social Connections, Volunteer at the CHCA

At the Chestnut Hill Community Association our volunteers collaborate throughout the year to bring our neighborhood vital, engaging and fun community events. We also have committees that help to promote membership in the CHCA, plant trees in our community, and plan year-round programming.

If you’re interested in meeting your neighbors and being a part of the fun in Chestnut Hill, give us a call at 215-248-8810 or email our office at

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8434 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118