"THE NEW FAIRMOUNT PARK" PUBLIC LAUNCH EVENT
We are thrilled to be inviting the public to the lovely Smith Playground to officially launch the vision in the park. The team will present the components of the vision and lead walking tours to key early action projects. Details are:
Tuesday, May 13
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Smith Playground, 3500 Reservoir Drive
Sign-in and refreshments at 5:30pm
Program begins promptly at 6:00pm
At 2,050 acres, East (650 acres) and West (1400 acres) Fairmount Park is the undisputed heart of Philadelphia’s park system. Conceived as a watershed park in the mid-19th century, the park has been developed on an ad hoc basis over the intervening 157 years.
East and West Fairmount Park is one of the greatest gifts ever given to Philadelphia, for the drinking water it protects and the beautiful outdoor space residents can enjoy as a result. However, while park use is at an all-time high, barriers of all kinds continue to limit its potential. In order to get more residents exploring and enjoying the park, the city is interested in creating new areas of activities and ways to get around without sacrificing the natural beauty of the park that makes it such a jewel for Philadelphia residents.
PennPraxis and the Penn Project for Civic Engagement have begun "A Community Vision and Action Plan for East and West Fairmount Park" in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, and the William Penn Foundation.
We will be working through 2013 and into 2014 to learn what residents (especially those nearest neighbors) value about the park, how they would like to use the park, and what new improvements would allow them to do so. Our early observations and conversations have led us to discover a wealth of great stories about the park, from its original identity as a water source to its variety of diverse uses today. Our goal is to craft a vision that is based on community input and provides the Department with long-term recommendations as well as short-term project ideas to create the 21st century version of our 19th century watershed park.
USER SURVEY DATA
In Summer and Fall 2013, PennPraxis engaged The Melior Group, an independent marketing research and consulting firm in Philadelphia, to provide quantitative consumer input to its planning and civic engagement process for East and West Fairmount Park. The Melior Group conducted research with three audiences: actual Fairmount Park users; people who actually live in neighborhoods around the perimeter of Fairmount Park; and general consumers within the Greater Delaware Valley (including Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties in New Jersey, New Castle county in Delaware, and Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties). Click here to read an executive summary of the feedback received from 705 citizens.
FALL 2013 COMMUNITY MEETINGS
In September and October 2013, PennPraxis and the Penn Project for Civic Engagement organized community meetings for East and West Fairmount Park. We held two on the east side, two on the west side. Thanks so much to everyone who attended -- we received input from about 250 participants in these four meetings alone, and we very much appreciate it!
Please see information provided and gathered during these public meetings. This includes the presentation materials circulated to atendees, as well as the feedback reports submitted by the Penn Project for Civic Engagement moderators, who transcribed the ideas discussed during their group discussions at each meeting.