The city is poised to spend about $280,000 on upgrades to Girard Park, the leafy jewel at 21st and Ritner that surrounds the farmhouse of
Revolutionary War War of 1812 financier Stephen Girard.
The plans include repaving 18,000 square feet of walkways, replacing 20 benches and updating the lighting throughout the park, according to the South Philly Review.
Says the paper:
During the renovations that he expects to be completed by the spring, [Michael DiBerardinis, the City’s Parks and Recreation commissioner], does not believe the park will close to the public — aside from portions of walkways when new cement is being poured. The start date has not been determined, as the department is still waiting on paperwork and design work to be completed.
Check out the full story here, including for some more info about all the community members who have championed the park in recent years.