Restoration Project Planned for Vernon Park
Well, we can see why Councilwoman Cindy Bass might feel adamant about preserving the YWCA on Germantown Ave for future use as a potential community center: steps away from the historic structure is Vernon Park, a green space slated to see several enhancements this March, according to NewsWorks’ Queen Muse:
Some of the key changes to the park include landscape and pathway improvements, new children’s playground equipment, the addition of adult fitness equipment and restoration of the park’s monuments and statues.
The Vernon Park project, due to rack up a cost in the $1 million dollar ball park, is scheduled to have a groundbreaking ceremony on February 24th. However, Muse writes that official construction in certain sections of the park won’t happen until March.
Muse reports the most popular improvement involves the addition of new lighting, which will consist of spotlights “installed to highlight statues and the Vernon House” and stringed lights set to light up the path leading to Vernon House.
Could the Germantown Ave. green space soon see the level of success that another West Philly park has been enjoying? That’s what some locals are hoping for:
“Clark Park, that’s been a good example to me of a really vibrant park that people care about and it’d be great to see that level of support and vibrancy in Vernon Park,” [Ben] Webster said.