Bridesburg is getting its’ very own Riverfront Park!
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation acquired the approximately 10-acre parcel of land, located at the end of Orthodox Street, last July as part of a “land swap” deal with Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, (PIDC).
Community engagement plays a crucial role in this project under the leadership of Locus Partners, a Philadelphia-based urban design, planning, and landscape architecture firm. The Bridesburg Community contributed input and ideas at the first of three public forums concerning the types of things they would like to see in the Park, as well as improvements along Orthodox Street.
The ideas were organized into five categories: active recreation ideas, passive recreation ideas, cultural element ideas, natural element ideas, and streetscape ideas. The most popular choices for each category were walking and biking paths, a terrace at the shore edge for fishing and viewing, a gathering area for events, festivals or parades, a community garden, and reducing truck traffic and maintaining the landscape edge around Philly Coke site.
Stay tuned for further developments!