Columbus Square Park receiving $300,000 for its renovation plans

HARRISBURG, January 28, 2016 – New state investments totaling $1.4 million will help some of Philadelphia’s vital open spaces improve services and aesthetics, state Sen. Larry Farnese said today.

The investments, from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, are called Community Conservation Partnership Program grants, or C2P2, and target Columbus Square Park, Markwood at Schuylkill River Park, the Delaware River Trail, and the Spring Garden Street Greenway.

“While I am very pleased about all of these new investments for places in the First Senate District, I am especially pleased to see the approval of $300,000 for Columbus Square Park,” Sen. Farnese said. “The plans for the renovation of this place will positively impact generations of Philadelphians.”

The $300,000 C2P2 grant will pay for new seating areas, walkways and pavers; a rain garden; installation of required safety surfacing at play areas; the construction of a spray feature; lighting and utilities; ADA access, and landscaping.

The other DCNR grants announced today include:

  • Markwood at Schuylkill River Park – $388,000 for the construction of retaining walls, paving, and stormwater management control measures; installation of water feature, site lighting and utilities; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
  • Delaware River Trail – Pier 53 to Pier 68 – $250,000 for the construction of nearly a mile of trail from Washington Avenue to Pier 70 Boulevard. Also, ADA access, landscaping, project sign, signage and other related site improvements.
  • Spring Garden Street Greenway – $400,000 for the design of 2.1 miles of the Spring Garden Street Greenway from the Delaware River Trail to the Schuylkill River Trail in Philadelphia.

The competition for the C2P2 grants was significant, Sen. Farnese said.

“While $28 million in new grants were announced today, DCNR said applications seeking more than $92 million were received. I am thankful for these investments and thankful to the local elected officials who listened to the public for ideas and inspiration,” the senator said.

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