Columbus Square has been slated for a redesign for about two years, awaiting enough money to remake the park at 12th and Wharton into a gathering space as well as a recreational park. Now, the project is about to come to fruition.Construction on the $2.8 million Columbus Square redesign is expected to begin in 2017, thanks to some new grant money that has secured the project’s funding.
The project is moving forward with a list of improvements to the park, including: a redesigned “patio” area along 13th Street to connect all corners of the park, refurbished surfacing for the dog park areas with anti-bacterial grass, shorter fences in certain areas, improvements to the rec center, open lawn space on the Reed Street side, new paths that would connect all corners of the park, and more. You can read about more of the expected improvements here.
Along with this redesign comes a plan to drop the “park” from the name for the space to simply be referred to as Columbus Square, just as you would refer to Dickinson Square, Rittenhouse Square, etc.
The project is being completed with grant money from the William Penn Foundation, along with funding from the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation and the city. A portion of the funds for the project were also raised through Columbus Square’s various fundraising efforts since 2014.
Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2017.
You can find out more about Columbus Square here.