Bainbridge Street from 3rd to 5th streets could get a lot prettier, and neighbor-friendly, if the Friends of Bainbridge Green call pull this off.
The friends group announced on the Queen Village Neighbors Association website that a conceptual design has been completed for turning what is now mostly a gated parking median into a tranquil strip of park. The design was funded by a $25,000 in-kind grant of professional services from the Community Design Collaborative.
One integral aspect of the plan was to come up with a design that would provide a gathering place while also maintaining the parking along Bainbridge. Pedestrian safety was also a top goal.
“Bainbridge Green is not only just a place, but an idea,” said Jonathan Rubin, writing on the QVNA website. “It represents the new and the old Philadelphia, connecting South Street, Fabric Row, and Queen Village into one diverse and vibrant tapestry.
Rubin noted on the website that is just a first draft, not a finalized proposal. The changes the friends group hopes to make include widening the park, adding lighting, seating and a walking path, and improving the “plazas” on 3rd, 4th, and 5th streets to allow for community programming and events.
Rubin said in the post that the conceptual plan is the beginning of a yearlong process of sharing the idea with community stakeholders and politicians. It will likely see changes and has not been funded.
To keep up with the progress, or to volunteer, find the Friends of Bainbridge Green on Facebook here.