Sister Sister: Parkway park gets a green facelift

rendering of the proposed park | image via nakedphilly.comFor more than a decade, the Center City District has been hard at work to enhance the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with lighting, new signage and crosswalks, reconstruction of park space and much more. The ultimate goal is to transform the Parkway into a “pedestrian-friendly cultural campus.”

One noteworthy stride towards achieving this goal is the renovation of the Sister Cities Plaza in Logan Square, which represents Philadelphia’s Sister Cities program. The program links our city to 10 Sister and Partnership cities around the world, as well as one “Partners for Peace” city in Iraqi city, Mosul to create an open cultural exchange, promote cultural understanding and strengthen government-to-government relationships.  

According to the well-informed crew at Naked Philly, the Sister Cities Park will undergo major renovations that will transform the space into a sustainable, green haven and contribute to Mayor Nutter’s Green 2015 plan to makeover 500 acres of underused land. Exciting additions include a café that will feature a green wall and roof, as well as geothermal technology; a plethora of greenery; a new fountain that will celebrate the “sister cities,” and a boat pond which will both add an aquatic element perfect for those sticky Philly summers. Construction starts next week on May 10th and the green space should be ready to offer visitors a natural respite from concrete in 2012.

Sister Cities Park
18th Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
www.centercityphila.org