News for Immediate Release

September 10, 2011

DCNR Celebrates Dedication of Renovated West Philadelphia Park
Natural Plantings, Stormwater Controls Mark ‘Green’ Improvements

Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today joined the city Parks and Recreation Department and Friends of Clara Muhammad Square in a dedication of the newly renovated 3.6-acre Clara Muhammad Square in West Philadelphia.

DCNR provided $150,000 in Community Conservation Partnership Program grant funds toward park improvements on the tract at 47th Street and Lancaster Avenue.

“Philadelphia is indeed a city of neighborhoods, but it is the parks like Clara Muhammad Square and the support they receive from residents that define those neighborhoods and make them come alive,” said DCNR Deputy Secretary for Administration John Giordano. “DCNR is proud to be among the so many partners that helped this neighborhood gem shine again.”

Flanked by churches and with a grades K-through-12 private school across the street, the revamped park is designed to be a popular gathering spot for all ages. Today’s dedication was part of a Back-To-School Family Day hosted in the park by Friends of Clara Muhammad Square.

“DCNR can assist with funding, but friends groups like this supply the necessary spirit to make investments like this work,” said Giordano. “Across the state, natural and cultural assets such as this park serve as the engine for economic revitalization and the competitiveness of our cities. Your support and enthusiasm fuel that engine.”

Specifically, DCNR funding, undertaken as part of its Green and Sustainable Park Initiative, helped finance: central plaza storm-water controls that will serve as teaching aids and benefit native plantings and surrounding trees; extensive tree pruning and new tree plantings; turf repair and seeding; a new outdoor classroom/learning circle pavilion for family and community events; exterior and interior pathway replacement and repair; and new trash receptacles and benches.

For more information on DCNR’s Green and Sustainable Park Initiative, visit

Media contact: Terry Brady, 717-772-9101