New Bridesburg Riverfront Park

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!


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