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.…
In Queen Village, current construction will transform the Nebinger School into a citywide model for stormwater management improvements at Philadelphia public schools.
“Nebinger is unique in that it’s essentially a model,” said Tiffany Ledesma Groll of the Philadelphia Water Department.
Improvements to the school are planned to be completed by the start of next school year. A stormwater management inter-disciplinary curriculum was also developed over the past year between PWD and Nebinger staff. Imagine students doing math word problems based on local stormwater information. They’ll also learn about the social impact in addition to environmental and science-related lessons. Friends of Nebinger and the Queen Village Neighbors Association also played a part in realizing this opportunity.
The construction will be focused…
If you’ve wondered how some of the Community Design Collaborative’s proposals, which are always only concepts and guiding points, become a reality, the 2nd Green School Makeover Competition, a nationwide contest to transform a school with an innovative green project, is one example.
The Henry. C Lea Elementary School at 47th & Locust in West Philly was selected as one of ten finalists to receive a $75K grant and $5K Office Depot award from Global Green USA. This winter we wrote about a design charrette hosted by the Collaborative aimed at generating ideas from design professionals and neighbors about how to transform the Lea School blacktop into a viable greenspace and stormwater management site.
Ideas included creating a Secret Garden feel in the…
Two recent separate grants provided by the Community Design Collaborative (CDC) will mean plans for improvements along the 4th Street Commercial Corridor in Queen Village where a fire in late April ravaged a Fabric Row store, damaged others and claimed a fire captain’s life.
The Friends of Bainbridge Green (FOBG) received a $25K in kind service grant from CDC to help develop a master plan for greening the park on Bainbridge Street between 3rd and 5th Streets. That means CDC will provide planning services like landscape architecture and architects.
“The way it’s used now the land is not really used,” said Jonathan Rubin, a FOBG co-founder. “We want more public space. More space for sitting and more space for programming.”
The green space in question
Space that could be improved
A few days ago, we told you about a lovely garden on the 1700 block of Kater Street that almost forgives the monstrously ugly parking garage that sits in front of it. In response to that post, a reader shot us an email with some info about possible improvements on the horizon for said garage. Well, at least at for the corner of 17th & South.
Garden and garage
View on South Street
It’s easy to miss, but the southwest corner of 17th & South contains a pretty sizable retail space which has been vacant for several years. We’re pretty sure it once held offices for Graduate Hospital, and we always thought it would be a dynamite spot for a bar. Instead, it seems that Puentes de Salud has its eye on this…
Greening the Grid, the winning team in the residential element of the Soak It Up! challenge, envisioned retrofits in Queen Village that would plant more trees along residential streets, connect those streets with corner parks, and connect those parks with larger community greenspaces in the neighborhood and across the city. Their submission can serve as model for just about every neighborhood in town.
Greener map of Queen Village
“It won’t be successful at the end of the day if you take a vacant lot in Queen Village and turn it into a rain garden,” said Kristen Knese, senior marketing coordinator at The Olin Studio, and one of the members of the winning residential team, about how to retrofit a residential area with stormwater management infrastructure. While it seems simple enough to improve stormwater management in a residential setting, say by fabricating…