The remainder of Bala Cynwyd's original commercial district extends south along Montgomery Avenue as part of the Bala Cynwyd-Merion Commercial District and is coextensive with the commercial center of Merion, with its popular delicatessens and restaurants.Bala Cynwyd has long been home to most of the broadcasting outlets in the Philadelphia region.
The Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd, established in 1906, works to preserve the residential character of the neighborhood and promote civic welfare and community spirit.
It sponsors an annual Independence Day celebration on July 4 which begins in front of the Union Fire Association on Montgomery Avenue and ends at the Bala Cynwyd Playground.
The parade features neighborhood children riding decorated bicycles, marchers in costumes, clowns, floats, fire trucks, police, and public officials.
The Lower Merion Historical Society recently relocated its headquarters from Ashbridge House in Rosemont to the ancient Cynwyd Academy building, adjacent to Bala Cynwyd Middle School on Bryn Mawr Avenue in Cynwyd.
i Heart Media's WDAS-FM, WDAS-AM, WUSL, WRFF, WISX, and WIOQ radio stations are located on Presidential Boulevard; independently-owned WBEB is located on City Line Avenue.
CBS's KYW and KYW-TV left Bala Cynwyd to move to Philadelphia when NBC and CBS swapped stations in 1995, as did WTEL, WIP-FM (formerly WYSP) and WPHT.WPVI-TV, an ABC affiliate owned by The Walt Disney Company, sits directly across the street from WCAU on City Line Avenue.Bala Cynwyd is also home to Beasley Broadcast Group's WBEN-FM, WMGK, WMMR and WPEN.The bilingual French International School of Philadelphia, on North Highland Avenue, teaches approximately 320 children from pre-kindergarten (K3) to eighth grade in French and English.The Bala Cynwyd Public Library, part of the six-branch Lower Merion Library System, occupies a modern facility on Old Lancaster Road.It is home to more than 221,000 items and features up-to-date computer facilities and a dedicated children's library on the second floor.