In time for the Major July 4th festivities, Philly's Park & Recreation Department will have completed and unveiled four new parks to the city's public. All four parks projects were begun with their own agendas and goals but they all share Philadelphia's Green 2015 initiatives in common.
Sister Cities Park
The first to open is a redesign of Logan Square's Sister Cities Park. It is the final installment in a $20 million investment in streetscape improvements along Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Lander's Point park and Grays Ferry Crescent have transformed spaces on the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers respectively. Landers Point is the first new park on the North Delaware. costing $1.5 million, the 4.5-acre park is an estuary restoration project developed with money awarded to the state after an oil tanker spill in 2002. The park features wetlands and an already heavily used fishing pier.
The 11 acre, $2.8 million Grays Ferry Crescent hugs both sides of a curving stretch of river near 34th and Wharton streets. The parks feature beautiful sweeping paths and lush meadows of wildflowers. Eventually this park will serve as a link between the river bank trail that extends from center City, about 1.5 miles northeast, and Bartram's Garden, two miles southwest.
Lastly, Hawthorne Park which will open July 5, is a basic neighborhood park in an emerging greater Center City neighborhood. The passive $1.6 million park design a wide swath of lawn and a central paved plaza that can double as a stage. Oriented toward the town homes that face it, the park is situated to make the best of the skyline views just beyond them.