Back in March, Passyunk Square Civic Association received a grant for design services towards Columbus Square Park (13th and Reed). The design services will be a pro-bono project from Community Design Collaborative who’s mission is ‘Strengthening Neighbors Through Design’. This non-profit has worked on several Philadelphia based projects including McCall Elementary School, SOAKITUP! and several more. At that time plans were established to renovate the park. Although the big question remained, would the playing field be part of this new plan?
Columbus Square Park Advisory Council and the Department of Parks and Rec. have met yet once again. After several discussions with designers, don’t expect the final plan anytime soon. One thing has been decided on, the playing field will stay. Woohoo! Talks of making the field smaller were mentioned, but again these plans have a long road ahead.
(Looking through the entrance gates at 13th and Wharton)
(Seating area outside of fenced in playing field. Some of these benches have been painted over recently.)
Some improvements are in need for Columbus Square Park because right now this park seems to be used and abused. Included in some of the initial plans are to enlarge the dog-park area and resurface with dog friendly synthetic grass. Added seating around the park as well as refurbishing the play-ground surface area eliminating the cracked tiles and making this safe for children. A water feature as well as shade veils have also been mentioned in this renovation. While these plans are still being smoothed out, the Community Design Collaborative hopes to have them complete by October.
(…others need some lovin’)
(Inside the playground area you can see many of these tiles lifting and splitting.)
(Some have even caved in…)
(Fenced in dog park area looking South. Not a very ‘paw friendly’ surface.)
(‘The Roundhouse’, pretty run down if you ask us. Talks of a concession stand or arts center have been heard. Of course all contingent on the cost.)
Neighbors in this Passyunk Square community voiced and emailed their enforcement for these renovations. All of which felt that improving this park will keep kids out of trouble and create a better neighborhood community. Once these design plans are complete the fundraising begins which is estimated to take about one year.
So, Columbus Square Park, we look forward to seeing your new and improved green in about 3 years.