William Penn Foundation Awards $2 Million for Bridesburg Park

William Penn Foundation Awards $2 Million for Bridesburg Park

The William Penn Foundation has awarded $2 million to the Riverfront North Partnership toward construction of a waterfront park in Philadelphia's Bridesburg neighborhood, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

To be owned by the city, the ten-acre park will be created on the site of a former concrete factory and, when complete, will feature an event space, stage, and boardwalk with views of the Betsy Ross and Tacony-Palmyra bridges. Plans for the park have it eventually connecting to an existing 2.2-mile trail running along Delaware Avenue from Allegheny Avenue to Orthodox Street. In addition to initial construction, the grant will support community engagement efforts.

With an estimated price tag of $10 million, the park will be built in two phases, with the first scheduled to be completed in 2021 and the second slated for completion in 2025. The goal, according to Riverfront North, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and the City of Philadelphia, is to transform the eleven-mile stretch of the Delaware River from Port Richmond to Torresdale into a multi-use network of trails and parks.

"Riverfront North Partnership's vision is to reconnect our communities to a river that has been inaccessible to them for generations," said Stephanie Phillips, executive director of Riverfront North Partnership. "Receiving this generous funding from William Penn Foundation, and our partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the City of Philadelphia, enables us to work with our community to create a river park that is an integral part of life for our neighbors, as well as a city-wide destination."

(Image credit: Riverfront North Partnership)

Frank Kummer. "William Penn Foundation Gives $2M Toward New Waterfront Park in Bridesburg." Philadelphia Inquirer 02/22/2019.