Residents

Welcome to Olney and welcome home!

Our diverse and dynamic neighborhood includes residents, businesses and services that welcome you home. There are some great discoveries only to be made on North 5th Street. Our vibrant and unique commercial corridor offers an exceptional variety of international dishes to try and outstanding services at your doorstep. Our safe, wide, and walkable streets are home to an ethnically diverse group of neighbors that take pride in their community and welcome newcomers.

Our housing stock

In Olney we have the home to fit you and your family. Our diverse housing stock offers something for everyone, from singles to families to seniors, all can enjoy the close-knit feel of the Olney neighborhood. A third of our residents rent apartments in small buildings or two family homes. About 62% of Olney residents own their own homes which vary from classic Philadelphia brick rowhomes, to twins, and stone and brick single family dwellings in the tree lined streets near Fisher Park.

Our churches

Our churches in Olney are as varied as our residents. Ten churches provide worship opportunities for a wide variety of faiths, while offering a range of vital community programs and daycare options.

Our schools

Olney has five traditional public grammar schools (Lowell, Finletter, Morrison, Grover Washington, Jr., and Marshall) that offer your children quality education within walking distance of home. There are two middle schools (one is a charter). and both public and parochial high schools (International Christian High School, which formerly was Cedar Grove Christian Academy and Olney ASPIRA Charter High School).

Our recreational opportunities

Our recreational opportunities include 23 acre Fisher Park, which has an active volunteer organization that provides summer time programs in addition to regular seasonal activities by the City of Philadelphia Parks Department. Fisher Park was originally laid out and owned by Joseph Wharton, founder of Swarthmore College and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Fisher Park has a football field, basketball and tennis courts, and a wooded hiking area. There are also 5 other recreation centers, sport fields, and playground sites throughout Olney: Olney, BarrettSturgis, Zeiler and Cherashore.

Our transportation and parking

Our commercial corridor has both free and metered street parking. There is one Philadelphia Parking Authority parking lot just steps away from the intersectiojn of North 5th Street and Olney Avenue. The Olney station of the SEPTA Broad Street Subway line, is second to City Hall for being the busiest transit station in the region. The 47 SEPTA bus runs along North 5 Street and is our link to North Philadelphia, Center City, and South Philadelphia. The J Bus stops at 5th and Lindley Avenue. The R and the 1 bus routes run on Roosevelt Blvd. The 57, 70 and the K bus all stop at 5th and Godfrey, just to the north of the commercial district. The area is served by the SEPTA Regional Rail Route 8 line, which stops at 5th and Tabor Road.

Our cultural amenities

Our beloved Greater Olney Branch of The Philadelphia Free Library is open six days a week and is located at the heart of our corridor at North Fifth and North Tabor Road, providing enrichment through a number of social and community events. The Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia is located on North 5th Street near Somerville Avenue and features Cambodian dance groups among other cultural activities. Search our Services directory to find businesses on North 5th Street providing martial arts, music, and dance lessons.

Our community partners

There are many social service agencies that cater to the various ethnic groups that make Olney their home. Our revitalization project is a program of the Korean Community Development Service Center. KCDSC also provides day care, after school, literacy, elder programs, housing counseling, and housing development programs. Greater Philadelphia Asian Social Services (GPASS) provides social services to all. The Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia is also here to make sure Olney residents have the resources they need to thrive.

Our thriving commercial district

When it comes to everyday errands, shopping is very convenient in Olney. The neighborhood is home to a mile and half long commercial corridor along North Fifth Street that features grocery markets, a wide variety of ethnic restaurants, dry cleaners, banks, and health care providers (dentists, chiropractors, doctors) that speak your language. The neighborhood also has two traditional shopping centers with a ShopRite and other larger stores.

Sign up for our newsletter and neighborhood calendar!

We circulate an email newsletter at least once a month to anyone on our Community Announcement mailing list. Please sign up at the bottom of this page. The news is mostly geared toward events on North 5th Street but we also include events from our community partners happening throughout Olney. Can’t wait for our next email announcement? Check out our Events page to search our calendar of neighborhood happenings.

We hope you enjoy all that North Fifth Street has to offer!