For about four years now, Friends of Cianfrani Park has been working with Parks and Recreation and Councilman Squilla to move forward with improvements for Cianfrani Park at 8th and Fitzwater.
After years of talk, the project will finally be coming to fruition, bringing new sculptures and other upgrades to the park, beginning in October.
A more than 100 year old statue of the City Seal of Philadelphia was donated to the park after Fante-Leone public pool was demolished. The statue is just one of the new additions and improvements coming to the park.
Mimosas, the trees that are currently planted in the park, have about a 10 to 20 year lifespan. These trees were planted all the way back in 1968, so with the opinions of numerous arborists, some of the large trees will be removed and replaced with large caliper trees that will better suite the space. Since the removal of those trees means a lot less shade, there will be a new shade-structure being built to give park-goers relief from the sun.
In addition to those improvements, there will also be other upgrades, including lighting and electrical improvements, newly paved walkways and new benches for the space.
The reason the project is moving forward now is because of a funding opportunity that would expire at the end of this fiscal year. So to take advantage of it, the improvements will be beginning in October.
Want to know more about these improvements? You can join the Friends of Cianfrani Park for their monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 4 at 7 p.m. at Palumbo Playground.