By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor
In recent years, Philadelphia has become a model for its commitment to green initiatives and sustainable infrastructures. One of the city’s newest green projects is Lardner’s Point in Tacony, near the Delaware River, a decrepit site invaded by weeds and asphalt that will be converted into a riverfront park.
According to PlanPhilly.com, the project kicked off on November 21 with a groundbreaking ceremony. Baltimore-based architecture firm Biohabitats created the design for this $1.5 million development. Reportedly, half of the funds come from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the rest was offered by the National Oceanic and Athmospheric Administration and the National Wildlife Fund. Once completed, the 4.5- acre park is expected to reconnect the surrounding communities to the waterfront area.
Earlier this year the property’s zoning designation was changed from C-3 commercial to recreational in order to avoid any unwanted land development and restore the river’s edge to a natural state. In order to achieve that, all concrete structures and asphalt paving will be removed from the site to make room for a new fishing pier. Other amenities include a drinking fountain and walking trails, as well as park furniture and infrastructure.
Illustration courtesy of Delaware River City Corp