Headlines: Groundswell Design Group Entrusted with Next Phase in Proposed Pocket Park Project
Are you a fan of Spruce Street Harbor Park? Apparently, Groundswell Design Group, the firm responsible for the popular outdoor space, has been hit up by the Roxborough Development Corporation to come up with design concepts for the proposed Ridge Avenue Pocket Park, a hoped-for neighborhood green space at 6170-72 Ridge Avenue.
The site consists of parking lot and the formerly vacant Allison Building, since redeveloped by RDC and now occupied by two upper floor tenants.
PlanPhilly’s Alan Jaffe has the scoop:
Taking on the next phase of the park plan is Groundswell Design Group, a firm whose recent projects have included Spruce Street Harbor Park, Winterfest, The Porch @ 30th Street Station, and portions of Dilworth Plaza. At the meeting, Groundswell designer Rob Brady, who lived in Roxborough for three years, said the firm would bring its experience in creating “activation spaces” to the Ridge Avenue project. He and Groundswell colleague Kyle Blackwell said their goal is to gather the “needs, likes and desires” of the community and return with design concepts.
The meeting Jaffe is referring to is the “informal community meeting” that took place this past Thursday. According to him, residents presented their vision for the proposed space so that the Groundswell team might be well informed as to the desires of the neighborhood when going about this next phase. He adds that an online survey that gauged park ideas from some 200 residents was also conducted prior to this gathering. The concepts, as well as neighborhood feedback, are expected for the next meeting.
- Brains behind Spruce Street Harbor to take on vacant ‘pocket park’ along Ridge Avenue [PlanPhilly/NewsWorks]
Plus, Northeast Philly is getting…
Northeast Philly is getting what?? Yes, folks, we’re getting two (hey, it’s a start) protected bike lanes! From Citified:
Streets Commissioner David Perri said the protected bike lanes will be placed between the curb and the parking lane, so that cyclists are guarded by a row of parked cars. The city is also planning to place traffic delineators or “armadillos,” which are essentially raised humps, on the street in order to prevent cars from parking in the lanes.
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