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Plans for turning Titan Park from concrete jungle to ‘green oasis’ inch forward

The Community Design Collaborative has released a new plan for the tiny Titan Park space and it looks like it’s a step closer to becoming the “green oasis” neighbors had hoped for.

Titan Park as it is today (Photo: James Jennings)

Titan Park as it is today (Photo: James Jennings)

The new vision for Titan Park (via The Community Design Collaborative)

The new vision for Titan Park (via The Community Design Collaborative)

We reported about a year ago regarding the plans to revamp the little swath of concrete at Howard and Titan streets in Pennsport. Back then, neighbors were gathering to develop an overall vision for the pocket park and organize the Friends of Titan Park community group.

The stylish new plans look to make improvements to storm water management by swapping the large swaths of concrete with permeable pavers inside and outside the park, plus new trees and other greenery. The park will also have temporary, community-led components to engage nearby neighbors’ “DIY” attitude and keep Titan Park an active space.

In looking at the current rendering, it seems that the trellis’ will help “enclose” Titan Park from the houses that overlook the space, helping to create a more intimate feel for visitors.

Lastly, the new design looks to create “zones” — Quiet, Active, and Civic — that embrace the several personalities of tiny Titan Park. As the CDC put it:

Even a small park can have several personalities. The street edges would be the Civic Zone, where new infrastructure (street trees, tree trenches) benefits both park users and pedestrians. The midsection would be the Active Zone, with reconfigurable play spaces, tables, and chairs.  The back of the park would be the Quiet Zone, with a green arbor and trellis and chunky built-in benches.

The creation of various "zones" will give the park a robust personality (via The Community Design Collaborative)

The creation of various “zones” will give the park a robust personality (via The Community Design Collaborative)

Be sure to follow Friends of Titan Park on Facebook for more information, and hey, maybe even think about joining their efforts in transforming the park from concrete jungle to “green oasis.” Also, keep it close to The Post for updates — we’ll have them as they become available.

- James Jennings is the founder of the blog Pennsporter — a site dedicated to exploring the neighborhood  from Washington to Snyder, the Delaware to Fourth.

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