Bridesburg Welcomes Plans for a Waterfront Park
Requests for engaging the Bridesburg community with the Delaware waterfront will be answered in the near future by converting a 9.4-acre riverfront parcel at 3101 Orthodox Street into a park. Stephanie Craighead, Director of Planning, Preservation and Property Management at Parks and Recreation, recently said in a Philly Mag article that residents wanted,
open green spaces, meadows with walking trails, look-outs with views toward the Delaware River, and a gathering space for events.
Early design plans, done by Locus Partners, were presented at a community engagement meeting regarding the new park in Bridesburg in October. Residents can expect finalized designs later this year and the unveiling of the park in 2017.
Before work can actually begin, the “concept development stage” must be completed with the last community meeting, scheduled for December 16th.
“What we’re doing at the end of this process is creating an illustrious report that outlines the scope of the project and really creates a vision of the park so there can be successful fundraising [to build it],” Danielle DiLeo Kim of Locus Partners told a news publication in October.
Craighead noted funding will be coming from multiple sources.
“We still have quite a bit of money to raise,” Craighead told Philly Mag. “We have a history of being able to marry city money with state grants or other grants to build facilities.”
Residents can also keep their eye on several other projects that will further engage the Riverwards community with the waterfront. The Delaware River City Corporation broke ground on the extension of Delaware Avenue to Orthodox Avenue in March 2014, which will incorporate a biking and walking path upon completion. The Port Richmond Trail, which runs east from the intersection of Richmond Street and Allegheny Avenue to Delaware Avenue and turns north to Lewis Street, presents recreation trails under and along I-95, connecting to the river as well.