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What: Ribbon cutting for Centennial Commons
Join city officials, nonprofits leaders, and community representatives to formally open the first phase of this new park-within-the-park.
When: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (Rain or Shine)
12pm-12:15pm Walk-through and photo op with VIPs
12:15pm-1pm Speaking program
1pm Ribbon Cutting
Where: Parkside Avenue at 41st Street, West Fairmount Park
Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia
Jamie Gauthier, Executive Director, Fairmount Park Conservancy
Michael Di Berardinis, Managing Director, City of Philadelphia
Kathryn Ott Lovell, Commissioner, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Vanessa Lowery Brown, PA State Representative
Jannie Blackwell, Philadelphia City Council
Judilee Reed and Cara Ferrentino, William Penn Foundation
Patrick Morgan, Philadelphia Program Director, Knight Foundation
Representative, Philadelphia Streets Department
Representative, Philadelphia Commerce Department
Debra McCarty, Commissioner, Philadelphia Water Department
Chris Spahr and Joyce Smith, Centennial Commons CDC
Calla Cousar, East Parkside Residents Association
Details: This site was the central hub of the Centennial Exhibition of 1876 but has been under supported for decades. With support from the William Penn Foundation and Knight Foundation, Fairmount Park Conservancy and its partners retained Studio Bryn Hanes to upgrade a 67,000-square-foot-area along Parkside Avenue. The new design features freshly laid walking paths on what was before simply lawn, a rain garden featuring native plants, giant porch swings, and 68 new trees that will increasingly provide shade as they grow. Future phases of the project will be announced at the event.
Fairmount Park Conservancy exists to champion Philadelphia’s parks. We lead capital projects and historic preservation efforts, foster neighborhood park stewardship, attract and leaverage investments, and develop innovative programs throughout the 10, 200 acres that include Fairmount Park and more than 200 neighborhood parks around the city. For more information, please visit myphillypark.org, join us at facebook.com/fairmountparkconservancy, and follow us on instagram and Twitter @myphillypark.