Plans revealed for Roxborough Pocket Park

"Earlier this month, the Roxborough Development Corporation and GroundSwell Design Group unveiled the first set of plans for the pocket park at a community meeting.

A couple of months ago we told you about how the brains behind Spruce Street Harbor Park were bringing a new park to a vacant lot located at 6170-72 Ridge Avenue, smack dab in the middle of the bustling Ridge Avenue next to the vacant Allison Building.

Vacant and distressed spaces like this litter our commercial corridors and detract from the vibrancy of our neighborhoods. However, as we have seen, arts & culture and parks are often under-utilized tools that can be used to revitalize neighborhoods and commercial corridors.

The Ridge Avenue Pocket Park is a project by GroundSwell Design Group (no connection to us except a great name!), to turn this otherwise vacant lot into a hub for community activity. Earlier this month, the Roxborough Development Corporation and GroundSwell Design Group unveiled the first set of plans for the pocket park at a community meeting.

The design for the pocket park includes the placement of gardens and circulation paths that create feelings of smaller spaces at the site. A rain garden boardwalk will allow pedestrians to experience unique moments as they travel through the pocket park. There will also be stadium style seating, a wall mural, an artistic entrance and a movie area.

In addition, the space incorporates sustainable elements: the park will also be used to divert storm water runoff from the Schuylkill River to filter and purify it on-site through a range of soil-water-plant systems. These include native trees, perennials, shrubs, grasses, and rain gardens."