February 5, 2013 By Bridget Keegan Barber For PlanPhilly
Over the past decade a great deal of work has been completed on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway -- improvements to pedestrian crossings, addition of bike lanes, and planting new street trees. In addition, new amenities, such as the Barnes, Rodin, and the pop-up playspace at 22nd have helped to activate the Parkway in new ways. Now is the time to think about the future. What is next for the Parkway?
Since the Spring of 2012, Parks and Recreation has been working with PennPraxis, the Penn Project on Civic Engagement, and the community to develop some initial guiding principles for projects which can be actionable in the next few years and projects that help to improve and enhance connections to neighborhoods. Four community meetings were held in July 2012. The information gathered from the community is outlined below. Thank you for all of the terrific feedback provided! The community ideas and comments helped to inform the civic values that form the foundation of the final plan and recommendations.
On Monday, February 4th Parks and Recreation unveiled the final plan: More Park, Less Way: An Action Plan to Increase Urban Vibrancy on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The final recommendations were presented to an overflow crowd at the Academy of Natural Sciences (1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway).
To read and download the final report, click here.
We have compiled the notes from the moderators of each small group session. Click here to read what your neighbors discussed during the July 31st community meeting.
In addition to being led by Parks & Recreation, the City Planning Department, the Art Museum, PA Horticultural Society, and Center City District are also providing their leadership. These partners have proven records of collaboration to get projects done.