North Philadelphia

Upcoming Community Meetings for Green City, Clean Waters Projects in Lawncrest and East Poplar

A map showing improvements to be presented at the April 28 Lawncrest meeting. Credit: Philadelphia Water
A map showing improvements to be presented at the April 28 Lawncrest meeting. Credit: Philadelphia Water

Residents are invited to join Philadelphia Water representatives on Thursday, April 28 at the Philadelphia Protestant Home Social Hall, 6401 Martins Mill Rd. to learn more about important stormwater improvements proposed for streets near the Har Nebo Cemetery and the Philadelphia Protestant Home. The meeting and presentation will start at 6:30 p.m.

These projects are part of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program. Read our earlier blog about all of the green stormwater improvements planned for the Lawncrest area here: Lawncrest Residents Get Update on One of Philly’s Biggest Green Projects Yet

The April 28 meeting will focus on green infrastructure investments planned for the following streets:

• Martins Mill Rd. between Hellerman Street and Tabor Ave.

• Martins Mill Rd. between Tabor Ave. and Levick Street

• Levick Street between Martins Mill Rd. and Montour Street

• Devereaux Ave. between Trotter Street and Summerdale Ave.

• Devereaux Ave. between Algon Ave. and Langdon Street

• Devereaux Ave. between Algon Ave and Langdon Ave.

• Algon Ave from Deveraeux Ave. to Oxford Ave.

• Oxford Ave. from Devereaux Ave to Benner St.

The purposed of the meeting is to provide a summary of improvements planned for these streets, and residents are invited to provide feedback on proposed designs. Representatives of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Creek Watershed Partnership will also be present to discuss the importance of protecting local waterways from stormwater pollution.

For more information about these Green City, Clean Waters improvements, contact Philadelphia Water Outreach Specialist Hailey Stern at Hailey Stern@phila.gov. Click here to see a meeting flyer that you can share with neighbors.

East Poplar Green Infrastructure Meeting

Philadelphia Water representatives will also be hosting a meeting about Green City, Clean Waters investments in the East Poplar neighborhood on April 28. (You can read about the proposed work here.)

Meeting details:

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016

Time: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Meeting

Location: East Poplar Recreation Center, 820 N. 8th Street

Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more about the projects and provide feedback on proposed designs. For more information, contact Maggie Dunn at maggie.dunn@phila.gov or call 215-971-6151. Click here to see a meeting flyer that you can share with neighbors.

We look forward to seeing you!

Community Gets Updates on North Phila. Green Improvements

This illustration shows how stormwater tree trenches, an important tool in the Green City, Clean Waters plan, work. Plans are under way to install these tools in the neighborhood around Fotterall Square and Vandergrift/Danny Boyle Park. Credit: Philadelphia Water.
This illustration shows how stormwater tree trenches, an important tool in the Green City, Clean Waters plan, work. Plans are under way to install these tools in the neighborhood around Fotterall Square and Vandergrift/Danny Boyle Park. Credit: Philadelphia Water.

The Hope Partnership for Education and other community members in North Philadelphia got an update on Green City, Clean Waters improvements planned for their area during the Hope Community Day celebration on Saturday, July 25.

The event, held with the help of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), the Community Design Collaborative, Temple University, the 22nd Police District and Youthbuild Philadelphia Charter School, shed light on a number of initiatives to improve the community.

Philadelphia Water gave an update on the city-wide Green City, Clean Waters plan, which was introduced in 2011, and presented plans to install green stormwater tools around Fotterall Square, Vandergrift/Danny Boyle Park, and nearby streets. Because the improvements will impact the park, we’re working closely with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to make this plan a success.

Designs for the local improvements began to take shape in January, 2015 and are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. As this was the very first Hope Community Day, we were very proud to be a part of the festivities and were excited to see so much interest in greening projects.

The plans discussed on July 25 currently call for creating stormwater tree trenches in the following locations:

• Cumberland Street from 12th to 11th

• 12th Street from York to Cumberland

• York Street from 12th to 11th

• 11th Street from York to Cumberland

• Cumberland Street from 11th to 10th

• York Street from 10th to 9th

• Cumberland Street from Germantown Avenue to 9th Street

• 9th Street from Germantown Avenue to Cumberland

• York Street from 9th to Germantown Avenue

• Susquehanna Avenue from Franklin to 7th Street

• York Street from 8th Street to 7th Street

As a part of the presentation, members of the community learned how the tree trenches will help reduce sewer overflows by taking in stormwater during rain or snow storms and slowly releasing into the ground.
The project will also include a rain garden or infiltration basin at Vandergrift/Danny Boyle Park, located at York Street and Germantown Avenue, which will further help to reduce stormwater that may overwhelm sewers.

Thanks again to Hope for hosting the event and to everyone who came out! Philadelphia Water will continue to update the community as the plan moves forward, and we’ll post information about progress here on the Philly Watersheds blog.

William Dick School Opens Community Playground



Just in time for summer break, the City of Philadelphia with the Trust for Public Land unveiled a new playground at William Dick Elementary on Tuesday. Residents of North Philadelphia now have the opportunity to spend their days outside at the new schoolyard located on Diamond Street near 24th.


Students opened the ribbon cutting celebration with a local rendition of Pharrell William’s “Happy” and ended it with an impressive gymnastics routine. In between, Mayor Nutter kicked off a round of acknowledgements and congratulations to all the groups responsible for remaking the asphalt parking lot into a much needed green space.


William Dick Elementary is the first Green 2015 project to finish construction. Green 2015 is a plan developed by PennPraxis and put into action by Mayor Nutter with Parks and Recreation, the Water Department, the School District and the Trust for Public Land with funding support from the William Penn Foundation. The goal of the plan is to create 500 new acres of public green space by 2015.


Students from the elementary school played an important role in redesigning the William Dick playground, choosing the play equipment, plants for the rain garden, locations for new trees and important amenities like benches. PWD constructed a rain garden to manage the stormwater runoff from the play area. During the school year, the green space will be utilized for teaching children about the importance of green infrastructure and how the rain garden helps maintain water quality. In addition to a rain garden, the playground includes benches for relaxation, spinning cups, and additional space for playing sports. The new and improved playground will be open to the public every day -- helping achieve Mayor Nutter’s vision of exposing at least 75 percent of the city’s population to green space within a 10-minute walk.

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