• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Checking In: Dickinson Square Park under construction

  • Dickinson Square park's facelift is well underway and new paths are starting to take shape.


When I last visited Dickinson Square Park back in December, a construction fence had just gone up and some of the park's dead and diseased trees were being chopped down. I popped back over to Dickinson Square Park last week to find a lot has changed. A warm, dry winter has allowed contractors to plow forward with the project.

The old paths had been dug up and workers were pouring concrete for new walkways when I stopped by. New lampposts are also currently being installed at the park's interior. And the old, round brick building looks like it's not long for this world.

The Friends of Dickinson Square Park’s Renovation Chronicles reports that the arborists have done major tree work inside the park including removing dead branches and trimming lower branches. As a result the park will feel more open allow for more effective lighting at night. Here's a peek at the work underway:

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.

Contact Ashley via email or find her on twitter: @ashleyjhahn.


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