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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

South Philly High hits first fundraising goal for green roof, wants more input

The people of South Philly High have one question for you:  Are you ready to raise money to help them raze their roof?

That’s actually an oversimplification (and corny, yes): The school’s true project is to transform its campus into a community green space that will pull double duty as an outdoor classroom and neighborhood park. The signature feature is a green roof that we told you about back in February.

The possible future, rendering by Lauren Mandel of Roofmeadows

The possible future, rendering by Lauren Mandel of Roofmeadows

With help from the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association, Southern — which already boasts an impressive community garden — launched a greening master plan earlier this year and has received an outpouring of support and encouragement from the surrounding community. The project has raised $27,350, surpassing its first financial goal. Now, the school and its partners want to share the project’s progress with, and garner feedback from,  the people who will eventually be using the green space.

A schematic of the master plan

A schematic of the master plan

If you’re interested, head to the Fumo Library ( 2437 S Broad St) on  Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. to review the first draft of the Greening Master Plan. The meeting is the latest in a series of community-input sessions that gave the plan its shape and it will include information from the design firm Roofmeadow, which has been an integral force in the drafting process.

And if you can’t make the library session, head down to South Philly High itself at Broad and Snyder streets this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., when an information booth will allow visitors to read the draft and submit suggestions on their own time.

- Vinny Vella, @Vellastrations


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