Pa.

News for Immediate Release

June 16, 2011

DCNR Celebrates Reopening of North Park Section of Clark Park in Philadelphia
Improvements Include ‘Green’ Practices to Better Control Stormwater

Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today joined the city Parks and Recreation Department and Friends of Clark Park in celebrating the reopening of a section of the 9-acre Clark Park in the University City area of Philadelphia.

DCNR provided $225,000 in Community Conservation Partnership Program grant funds toward the project.

“Not only do the improvements – festival area, new walkways and benches, lots of new trees – make this a great place for residents to gather and connect to nature but the design also includes sustainable practices,” DCNR Deputy Secretary for Administration John Giordano said. “It’s a great example of how our community parks can be great places to play and also be lower-maintenance, more water-efficient and help to collect and filter stormwater.”

The improvements were made to an area of the park between Baltimore and Chester avenues that is home to a very successful twice-weekly farmer’s market.

Giordano noted the importance of the many partnerships that led to the completion of this and other sections of Clark Park.

“This project is emblematic of the work we are doing across the state to improve natural and cultural assets as the engine for economic revitalization and the competitiveness of our cities,” Giordano said.

For more information on DCNR’s Green and Sustainable Park Initiative go to http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/brc/grants/greening/greeninggrants.aspx.

Media contact: Terry Brady, 717-772-9101.

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