Thursday, June 9, 2022
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Virtual on Zoom
Today, as South Philadelphia’s population grows and recreation trends change, Philadelphia’s 348-acre, historic Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Park is being reimagined to fulfill its promise as a critical piece of civic, public health, and ecological infrastructure. The park currently struggles with underfunding, deferred maintenance of historic assets and infrastructure, frequent flooding, and faces a hotter and wetter future due to climate change. The new master plan envisions a balance between nature, water, and active recreation by matching user’s needs with environmental opportunities in a constant calibration between ecology and culture to maximize public welfare and environmental health. The FDR Park of the future is a unique park that is flexible and functional, can adapt to changing conditions and remain resilient in the face of challenges, and is unified behind a community-supported vision for the future. FDR Park will serve as a local and national model for stormwater management and resilient design, showcasing low-impact development and green infrastructure projects. The ambitious recommendations in the master plan outline how FDR Park can become the first self-funding park in the city through a creative mix of revenue generated income and private / public partnerships. This plan leverages the power of parks to provide access to recreational opportunities, spur local economies, and protect Philadelphia from climate change.
Registration is required for the event. You can register for the event HERE.
Kathryn Ott Lovell