July 23, 2016 |
You only have to spend a few minutes in Dilworth Park to see what a people magnet it has become since the Center City District completed a dramatic, $55 million makeover two years ago. Besides regular attractions, like the cafe and sparkling fountain, there is something special going on 186 days a year - that's every other day - ranging from concerts and farmers' markets to bocce tournaments and Lupus Awareness booths. Everything, that is, except demonstrations. You read that right.
June 22, 2016 |
With the first day of summer came the dedication of Gloucester County's first state park. The Department of Environmental Protection on Monday formally opened the Tall Pines State Preserve, which used to be a golf course. The new park's 110 acres are in Deptford and Mantua Townships, with the Mantua Creek rolling through it. The preserve is New Jersey's 40th state park, said Bob Martin, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection. "As a conservationist, it is my job to preserve the treasures of the state of New Jersey," Martin said.
May 13, 2016 |
When it was installed in 1964, Philadelphia's Holocaust Memorial - a statue depicting figures consumed in fire - was the first of its kind in North America. On Tuesday, city officials and a group of Holocaust survivors announced plans for the statue at 16th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to serve as the entrance to a memorial park - one that aims to educate future visitors as the events of the Holocaust recede further into the past. On hand at the memorial Tuesday were members of the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation, which spearheaded the plan, as well as local Holocaust survivors, some of whom worked to erect the original statue, by Polish artist Nathan Rapoport, more than 50 years ago. Max Shieman of North Philadelphia was among them.
February 19, 2016 |
The 9,000 residents of a southern Chester County town will soon have a park of their own. Kennett Township officials said Wednesday that they would create the first municipally owned park within the township's 19 square miles. Two other parks in the township, one of which is partly in Kennett Square, are owned by other entities. "We're so excited," said Lisa Moore, Kennett Township manager. Kennett is one of the last townships in the county without its own municipal park, according to the county's Department of Open Space Preservation.
July 13, 2015 |
When computer engineer Jim Nasto started working at the Philadelphia Navy Yard about a decade ago, the 1,200-acre property was a virtual desert of vacant industrial buildings and abandoned parade grounds. Many of those buildings now make up Urban Outfitters' headquarters, while the vast open spaces are being shaped into office parks inhabited by such corporations as GlaxoSmithKline. "I love it," said Nasto, 29, a research contractor for the U.S. Navy, as he tossed a bocce ball in a landscaped park that opened last month.
July 1, 2015 |
Legislation passed by the New Jersey Assembly last week would provide new protections against any proposed commercial development at Liberty State Park, but environmental advocates say it falls far short of what they had hoped for. Now awaiting Gov. Christie's signature, it requires at least one hearing at the park over any project there, and gives the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection the right of final approval. An earlier version - which opponents feared would open the door to the park's privatization and commercialization - was signed by the governor in February, then revised to offer protections to the site, a popular gateway to the Statue of Liberty.
August 26, 2014 |
Growing up in Camden, Olivia Glenn vividly recalls being enchanted on a childhood visit to Farnham Park in her Parkside neighborhood. It not only changed her view of the world, but also shaped her destiny. She has made it her mission to protect the environment she loves. "It absolutely stuck with me," she said. "It gave me an appreciation for the beauty of nature. " Glenn, 35, returned to Camden this month as the metro regional manager for the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, a nonprofit group that preserves land and other natural resources in the state.
August 17, 2014 |
Standing on her 55-foot-tall sculpture at the tip of a spit of land on the Delaware at Washington Avenue, artist Jody Pinto peered down the river and thought of her father and grandparents arriving at the same spot from Italy nearly a century ago. The sculpture, entitled Land Buoy , a silver spire with a spiral staircase wrapped around it, is the focal point of Washington Avenue Pier, a new park, which opened Friday morning where a million European...
January 31, 2014 |
A scenic ribbon of green was created along the Cooper River in 2000 to improve the view for travelers heading to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. The lush expanse of meadows and woods supplanted the strip of go-go bars, gas stations, and rooms-by-the-hour motels on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard's south side. Built by the Delaware River Port Authority 13 years ago with breathtaking speed (then-Gov. Christie Whitman saw to that), this lovely place is still fenced in, blocked off, and locked up. But thanks mainly to the good work of grassroots groups, nonprofit organizations, and the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, the barriers may come down soon.
October 16, 2013
THE DEVELOPMENT of the Delaware River Waterfront had been defined, until 2007, by big-box stores and little thought for what is one of the city's great assets. A civic-planning process turned that around, and since then, bike-trail plans, a new park and more has taken bloom. Tonight, the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. will unveil plans for park space and more development along the waterfront. They want to hear from you. A public meeting begins at 7 p.m. at 601 N. Columbus Blvd. Sign up at pennslanding.eventbrite.com.