This Saturday will be the annual Love Your Park Fall Service Day, on which hundreds of volunteers across the city will spend time cleaning their community parks, working on special projects, and preparing parks for winter. One highlight of the day will take place at 4th & Manton, where the Mayor, Councilman Squilla, representatives from Parks & Rec, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, and neighbors will together celebrate the official opening of Manton Street Park.
The lovely new park
You may recall, this park very nearly wasn’t. Almost two years ago, City agencies had an agreement to sell this land to a private developer. The space had been a pocket park many years ago, but had fallen into a state of blight and vacancy until just a few months before the City decided to sell it off.…
About two years ago, an asphalt lot on the Delaware, just south of Washington Avenue, was transformed into Washington Avenue Green. At the time, we drew a contrast between this park and the much costlier Race Street Pier about a mile to the north, suggesting that Washington Avenue Green proved that utilitarian public space could be created without spending big bucks. Now, some time has passed, and some more bucks are coming to this park.
Washington Avenue Green
On All Hallow’s Morning, the Mayor and his crew celebrated a groundbreaking at Pier 53 for Phase II of Washington Avenue Green. The park, to this point, has only encompassed the land on the river’s coastline. The next phase will reclaim for the public the pier that extends out into the river.
Help coming to
A few months back, we told you about two projects just getting underway near the corner of 4th & Dickinson. Today, we check back in on those projects, and share news of a couple of others taking place nearby.
First, let’s look at 1510 S. 5th St., a former vacant lot that was purchased by Broada Chella LLC for $58K last year. Over the summer, it had just been framed out as a single family home. Now, it’s nearly finished.
Still a couple of vacant lots next door
Looking a little to the north, we now look at the northwest corner of 5th & Dickinson, where foundations were being poured the last time we were here. Now, a home is framed and being sheathed as we speak.
Coming along, and now for sale for about
In Pennsport, a project consisting of twelve contemporary homes replacing a house of God has progressed a long way since the 120-year-old St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church at 3rd & Reed was demolished several months ago.
In the past
When we passed by this corner the other day, the first two town homes of this project, designed by Harman Deutsch, had been framed out. The project will consist of two rows of six homes separated by a driveway accessed on Reed Street that will allow owners to drive right up to their garages. The homes will feature the usual amenities inside and will attempt to integrate a contemporary look with a traditional look, combining brick and cement board on the facades.
First two homes
Envision the Philadelphia’s eastern edge bordered by a natural boundary of parks and green spaces, wetlands and piers, trails and marinas, and you can begin to understand the overarching principles of the Plan for the Central Delaware to create a 30-acre green space along the Delaware waterfront.
To add to the recent flow of grant money it has received, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation recently received a $5M grant from the William Penn Foundation that will, in part, help to develop Pier 68, located next to the shopping center on Columbus Blvd. containing Walmart and Old Navy.
To be developed
“We want to sort of bookend that side of South Philadelphia,” said Lizzie Woods, DRWC project manager.
Based on what DRWC heard from the community during meetings the past two years, there is a demand to create a more…
The Tale of Titan Park sounds like the name of a J.R.R. Tolkien short story. But what we are talking about is instead how a pocket park in Pennsport has gone from being nearly sold to a private developer by the Redevelopment Authority, around this time last year to being awarded a service grant by the Community Design Collaborative to develop a new design for the park. So announced the Friends of Titan Park announced in late August.
Titan Park, at 108-110 Titan St., is today a concrete shadow of a park, that was likely built during a 1976 citywide pocket park project, according to Friends of Titan Park representatives. It was built during the days of non-sustainability when a rules governing pocket parks clearly required a slab of concrete, a few benches, and little else.…