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Del. River Waterfront Corp. advances Race Street, Spruce Street connection projects

Just in time for summer, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is starting, re-starting, or advancing a handful of construction, infrastructure and transportation projects to help connect Penn’s Landing to the rest…

    • Skyline from Belmont Plateau | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

Fairmount Park advocates unite

After years of discussion, trips to Orphan’s Court, and hours of pro bono Pepper Hamilton legal work the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust are pleased to announce…

    • Seger Park Playground
Eyes on the Street

Funding Common Ground: Parks, programming and unfulfilled potential

Philadelphia has amazing park and recreation resources, yet the city consistently under-commits funds to maintain and plan for improving these assets. As part of our Agenda 2015 op-ed series Lauren Bornfriend,…

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Spruce Street Harbor Park to reopen Memorial Day weekend with more hammocks and a roller rink

Spruce Street Harbor Park, the premier pop-up destination of last summer, will reopen Memorial Day weekend and stay open through September, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation announced on Thursday. In addition…

    • Joggers on Kelly Drive | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Calling city runners to crowdsource run-ins and amenities

Alon Abramson wants to help Philly become the best running city possible - and runners, he wants your help. Abramson, who organizes the West Philly Runners club, lists trails and running…

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PHS has bold plans to redo base of Ben Franklin Bridge

When Isamu Noguchi finally built his A Bolt of Lightning … A Memorial to Benjamin Franklin in 1984, not everyone was a fan. The Inquirer called it a “propped-up monument…

    • Plans for Kelly Drive and Laurel Hill

PHS begins to plant plans for transformed spaces, including new Kelly Drive entrance for Laurel Hill

In 2013, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society identified seven areas across the city where its Civic Landscape Initiative would work to “transform the landscape” and create “memorable public art spaces.” While that…

    • One of Centennial Commons rustic play areas | Studio Bryan Hanes

$11 million in foundation grants announced for five parks

What can $11 million buy in park projects? A new collaborative initiative announced Monday by the John S. and James L. Knight and William Penn foundations hopes $11 million in new…

    • University City District parklet | University City District

New University City District report makes the case for neighborhood parklets

Parklets, those temporary little spots that repurpose curb parking spaces for street seating or other miniature public spaces, have flourished in University City in recent years due to strong support from…

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Art Commission approves new ZooBalloon logo

Wednesday, the Philadelphia Art Commission made its impact felt about 400 feet over Philadelphia, when it granted final approval for the Zoo's updated banner design on its brand new Zooballoon, which…

    • Eight homes once stood on the now vacant corner

Carpenter Green to be rezoned as parkland

Carpenter Green, a years-long labor of love for Lauren Vidas and the South of South Neighborhood Association to turn some vacant properties at the northwest corner of 17th and Carpenter streets…

    • Love Park top word cloud

Love Park: Civic engagement hands off to design work

Months of civic engagment - which produced over 650 ideas for a Love Park redo from interested citizens - came to a conclusion Tuesday evening as Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and…

    • Looking south from 56th Street, Bartram's Mile offers sweeping views
Eyes on the Street

$1.7 million for Bartram's Mile as swing bridge study continues

Now that the Schuylkill Banks boardwalk is open, it’s time to look downriver to the next stretch of Schuylkill River Trail to be built: Bartram’s Mile and the bridge that will…

    • An access trail leads from Orthodox Street to the Delaware River through the former Coke Company site.

New waterfront park coming to Bridesburg

Earlier this month, Bradley Maule of Hidden City Philadelphia and Jared Brey of PlanPhilly explored trail space on the North Delaware waterfront under the helpful guidance of Chris Dougherty of the…

    • The path toward the land buoy and a chart of birds that might be spotted. Photo by Douglas Bovitt for DRWC.

New Pier 53 park opens on the Delaware, near Washington Ave.

The pier where many Philadelphia families first arrived in this country now welcomes visitors from shore as the city's newest riverfront park. Pier 53, located in Pennsport near the intersection of…

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Senator (and Mayoral candidate) Anthony Williams pens letter to LCB supporting pop-up beer gardens

Since the news first broke that four state lawmakers had written to the Liquor Control Board expressing "grave concern" that the 2012 catering permit regulations were being interpreted too loosely, other…

    • Colorful chairs lined up on one of the three Spruce Street Harbor Park barges

Spruce Street Harbor opens Friday

Lounge in a hammock orchard. Sit beneath an umbrella on an anchored barge overlooking floating flower gardens and the river. Drink Philly beer, eat Philly or boardwalkesque food, play bocce ball.…

    • Lower Northwest: A different kind of vacancy. Courtesy PCPC

In Lower Northwest Philadelphia, a different kind of vacancy

In rural Shawmont Valley, the empty spaces aren't abandoned houses or factories, but former agricultural land. The Lower Northwest District Plan will look at preservation. Other issues in the district that…

    • The Poquessing Creek Trail is about half complete and should be open this year, Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Eyes on the Street

Parks & Rec paves Poquessing Creek Trail

When most people think of Philly's far Northeast, they think of relatively suburban neighborhoods, driven by a post-WWII development and characterized by cul de sacs. Most don't think about nature or…

    • Work in progress at Pier 53. Photo courtesy DRWC.

A sneak peek at the transformation of Pier 53

While the city's former immigration pier won't officially open as the latest Delaware River park until August, a sneak peek at that history, and the current ecology, happens later this month.…

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