The Newbold Civic Association and the Philadelphia Water Department presented two potential plans for a stormwater reclamation project at Guerin Recreation Center at 2201 S. 16th St.
The plans seek to beautify and green a large asphalt patch in the southeast corner of the facility.
The main difference between the two plans seems to be the size of the green space. One plan would remove all of the pavement and convert the Wolf Street side to park space and an underground stormwater storage bed. The other plan would partially remove the pavement and create a smaller green space with a stormwater management system that fronts Wolf Street.
Levana Layendecker of the Newbold Community Development Corporation told us that “about 50 people” showed up to the meeting to hear about the plans and offer ideas for potential uses for the proposed space. Currently, the sea of asphalt is used as a parking lot for events at the rec center and isn’t open to the public. Layendecker also noted that there was a “vocal minority” of people who would prefer the space for public parking.
According to Layendecker, the space is large enough for multiple uses. Ideas from attendees included a dog park, community garden and even a bocce court. It could also be an open park space.
Both plans include the placement of an underground water storage bed at the Jackson Street entrance as well as a one at the side the fronts Wolf Street.
So, which plan do you like best?