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The Circuit is Center Stage in New Civic Commons Initiative Funded by the Willliam Penn & Knight Foundations

It may be snowing in Philadelphia today, but this week the city got a huge dose of sunshine from the William Penn Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  The two came together in Fairmount Park’s beautiful Horticultural Center to announce an $11 million grant to the Fairmount Park Conservancy that’s all about “Reimagining the Civic Commons.”  The grant will leverage public and other private dollars to develop five public space projects in the city, including the Bartram’s Mile trail project.  Part of the Circuit, Bartram’s Mile is a trail and greenway project, by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Schuylkill River Development Corporation, along the lower Schuylkill River that will transform industrial brownfields into an urban park. 

The Circuit plays a critical role in this new Civic Commons work, as the region’s trail network will be a primary conduit for connecting these five public spaces and opening access to them for residents from all parts of the city.  Here’s what William Penn’s Shawn McCaney (Creative Communities Program Director) had to say:  “Philadelphia’s momentum is palpable. Because of its beautiful public spaces and civic assets, the city is increasingly recognized as a world-class destination for visitors and tourists. The Civic Commons initiative is designed to bring high-quality amenities, like the ones placing Philadelphia on a world stage, to all of our residents, especially those in our most underserved communities.  And by connecting many of these destinations through the Circuit, we promote social and community inclusion within and between neighborhoods across the city, unite neighborhoods that presently may stand alone, and work to ensure that Philadelphia is, indeed, a place for all Philadelphians.”

Read more about Reimagining the Civic Commons in some of the week’s news coverage:  Plan Philly, Philadelphia Tribune

Upcoming Philadelphia Trail Meetings

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Frankford Creek Trail - Feasibility Study - September 30, 6-7pm, Juniata Golf Course, 1391 E. Cayugo

East-West Fairmount Park - Community Vision Meeting - Sept. 30th and October 2nd 

Community Vision Plan for East and West Park meetings

Tuesday, September 24th
Cornerstone Baptist Church
33rd and Diamond St, Strawberry Mansion

Wednesday, September 25th
John Anderson Cultural Center
5301 Overbrook Ave, Wynnefield

Monday, September 30th
Discovery Charter School
4700 Parkside Ave, West Parkside

Wednesday, October 2nd
Lloyd Hall
1 Boathouse Row, just off Kelly Drive

All Meetings:
Refreshments 6-6:30 PM
Program 6:30 - 8:30 PM

RSVP: [email protected]