Yesterday, officials cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Francisville Playground at Wylie & Cameron. This regularly-used play space for neighborhood kids had been in need of a little love for quite some time, and $250K later it’s been improved considerably.
Time to take down the sign
Play area for younger kids
For the older kids
New mural on the rec center
According to a press release, the renovations included new play equipment, new safety surfaces, and new landscaping. In addition, the spray area will now be controlled by a button, which should reduce wastage significantly. Finally, the rec center has gotten a new mural, thanks to Mural Arts.
The Francisville Playground is just the latest in a line of public play areas to…
The Philadelphia Trail Master Plan is a comprehensive guide to the city’s 75 trails, the status of those trails, and the priority the City has attached to completing new or improving preexisting trails. Compiled over the past two-and-a-half years by a team composed of folks from the Planning Commission and Parks and Rec., the 124-page final study, released and approved by the Planning Commission this month, is a rolling list of trails, graphics and visions of a more bike friendly Philly.
Current and future trails
“What we didn’t want to do is put a list of one through seventy-five,” said Jeannette Brugger of the Planning Commission, the study’s lead author. She said there are too many nuances when it comes to funding to prioritize in such a cut and dried fashion. For example, there are different types of…
The Sparks Shot Tower on the 100 block of Carpenter Street is easily the most recognizable feature of the Queen Village skyline, rising up above all of the buildings in the neighborhood for over two-hundred years. About a century ago, the land surrounding the shot tower was converted into a playground, with a wading pool that was ultimately turned into a spray pool some time later. After many decades, the spray pool area grew tired, and was in need of some TLC. But thanks to the efforts of the Friends of Shot Tower Park and others, that is just what has taken place.
According to the QVNA website, the process of rehabilitating the Shot Tower Spray Pool began in 2009 with a grant from Greenplan Philadelphia. With design work from the…
Starting today and continuing for the next month, Eakins Oval will be a shiny new public space for your enjoyment. Branded The Oval, the surface parking lot that sits in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art has been spray painted with various designs to make it more welcoming, and various events will give people a different reason to visit every day. You may recall, we first gave you the heads up about this idea a couple of weeks ago.
We made our way over there today to see what The Oval looks like in real life, and found it to be a pretty cool example of place making. A coat of paint, food trucks, giant-sized board games, and cafe tables all contribute to make it feel less like a parking lot and more like a place that you…
Last week, the City announced that beginning on July 17th, Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum steps will be playing host to an inviting park and exciting project.
From the Parks and Recreation’s announcement on their website, “eight acres of public space at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway” will become a place to meet, play, and engage in activities offered by participating organizations. There is more information and renderings here.
Running through August 20th, the currently paved parking lot space will convert to large open blocks of pedestrian-friendly turf with inviting benches, a stage for free live entertainment and movie nights, and the city’s best food trucks coming through every day. According to the drawings, there will be seating for eating, lawn games to play, sandboxes to dig, and sprinklers for hot…
In Clark Park in West Philadelphia, a family event will serve as the mechanism that creates the first beer garden in the park’s history on May 18th. The event will be hosted by the Friends of Clark Park in observance of the conclusion of the City’s Love Your Park week.
Clark Park kind of dark
When members learned about this year’s Love Your Park call for community members to be park stewards, they wanted to do something special, according to FOCP executive director Erin Engelsted. While the May 18th will be a family fun day that includes games, music and food trucks, it will also include the