June 21, 2018
Last week, officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a newly renovated section of Fairmount Park, but plenty of changes are still to come.
The section, called Centennial Commons, is being described as a "park-within-the-park." Funded so far by a $5.4 million grant by the William Penn Foundation and a $1 million contribution from the Knight Foundation, the project is sprucing up a 67,000-square-foot area of West Fairmount Park along Parkside Avenue between 41st Street and Belmont Avenue.
The renovations revealed last week include porch swings, walking paths, 68 new trees and a rain garden, which will help divert stormwater away from the city's sewage system.
The Fairmount Park Conservancy is overseeing the project, which will cost $11 million total, according to Curbed. The recent additions are just phase one of a three-phase process, and officials are still trying to collect funding for the rest of the park, the website reports.
While there's no completion date for phase two, the Conservancy did release some renderings of what's planned next for the project including a skating rink, playground and new bathrooms.
You can view the renderings, via Studio Bryan Hanes, below: