Chatter around South Philly High’s master greening plan is typically focused on the green roof, but did you know that a dog park is also on the agenda?
Now you do! At the corner of Broad and Jackson streets, the plan is to fence in the grassy area and make it an official dog park. This part of the master plan doesn’t depend on another phase being completed first — it’s its own mini phase. What does need to happen, though, is fundraising and support from dog owners.
Molly Devinney, of the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association, says that so far feedback from neighbors and community members has been positive, but all agree that the park has to be well-maintained because usage will be heavy.
South Philly High and LoMo are excited about the dog park, however they will not be responsible for upkeep.
“We hope to establish a similar situation to Columbus Square — dog-owners taking charge of maintenance and building membership or community of dog-owners,” Devinney said.
South Philly Association of Dog Owners (SPADO) is the group that oversees the Columbus Square dog park, and the plan is for a group to operate under the SPADO umbrella for the SPHS dog park.
“We are looking for interested dog owners to join SPADO and start a steering committee for the SPHS Dog Park to help mobilize community support, organize the fundraising campaign, and create a vision for maintenance, events and more.”
The goal for the project is to raise $5,000 and there is a good possibility that Projexity, the Kickstarter-like fundraising website that targets environmental projects, will be used again. If anyone is interested in getting involved, email Molly Devinney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in helping you can also swing by the LoMo flea market on April 26 for more information (on Broad between Snyder and Jackson, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
As far as design goes, the only plan for now is what was laid out in the initial vision of the master plan. The park will be fenced in with a double-gate entry and there will be benches and trashcans. More specifics will pop up as the project progresses.
Furry friends of South Philly could have a new oasis by the fall if all goes well with community engagement.