April 16, 2016

Mantua Greenway Community Build Day

The Mantua Greenway is a one-and-a-half-mile corridor along the northern boundary of the Mantua neighborhood in West Philadelphia, overlooking Amtrak’s Keystone Line rail corridor.

Once complete, the project will transform this overgrown, ignored and littered strip of land on Mantua Avenue, into a much needed community green space and bicycle/pedestrian corridor.

As the second part in a series of programmed events for the “Mantua Greenway Design Month”, Ground Reconsidered, along with Whitman Requardt & Associates, the project’s prime consultant, worked with the community to transformed the intersection of 37th Street and Mantua Avenue with a roadway mural, crosswalk paintings, and fence art. The neighborhood turned out in force and worked throughout the day to actualize these festive works of art. Our thanks go out to all those involved in making this day was an overwhelming success.

April 14, 2016

Markward Park Received Much Needed Funding

Ground Reconsidered has been leading the design effort to revitalize the much loved Markward Park at Schuylkill River Park. At a press conference last week, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, State Representative Brian Sims, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell and officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources presented funding totaling $633,000 toward the park’s rehabilitation and development.

April 11, 2016

VERDANT TEMPLE: Temple University Landscape Master Plan wins ASLA Honor Award

VERDANT TEMPLE: Temple University Landscape Master Plan has won an Honor Award in the Analysis and Planning category from the American Society of Landscape Architects PA/DE Chapter.

VERDANT TEMPLE is the first Landscape Master Plan for Temple University’s main campus in north Philadelphia. The master plan establishes a strong vision for the campus landscape environment, increases aesthetic appeal and functionality, integrates new landscape and capital projects within the existing campus fabric, and guides and informs future campus development. Detailed strategies for improvements to the campus landscape, and a prioritized action plan guide implementation for developing a cohesive landscape.

The master plan is comprised of four key components: a landscape plan that includes lighting, furnishings and planting; a circulation and transportation plan; a stormwater management plan; and a signage and wayfinding plan. Phase l of the Landscape Master Plan, the redesign of Liacouras Walk between Montgomery Avenue and Polett Walk has already been completed.

Congratulations go out to all members of the design and consultant team.