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10% of campaign goal of $3,000,000 reached


About the Renovation Project: Recently the Columbus Square Advisory Council was awarded a grant for professional design services from the Community Design Collaborative. After a lot of input from the Department of Parks and Recreation, a community task force and countless emails with suggestions from neighbors, the proposed site plan below emerged.

The Advisory Council is grateful to the Community Design Collaborative for the many hours of hard work that went into creating this design, and to the Department of Parks and Recreation for their guidance through out this process. Funding is currently being secured to make these plans a reality.

Plan: Conceptual Design for Park Improvements

A new generation of active park users are seeking something different

Plan: Proposed Dog Park

Small and large dog park areas

Plan: Proposed Patio Area

Gathering places include a community “lawn” and “patio”


The focus of Columbus Square Park has long been on its two athletic fields, heavily used by adult and youth sports leagues from around the city. The growing community wanted more green space and room for recreational activities that were not “all about sports.”

A community task force was a key part of the preliminary design process. Representatives of the neighborhood together with public agencies established several priorities: add green space for passive recreation, slightly downsize the athletic fields, and make it possible “to walk through the park rather than around it.”

The resulting conceptual design reduces the athletic fields by 25% and demolishes an underutilized storage building, freeing up space for a new public entrance at 12th and Reed Streets, a new pathway system, an expanded dog park, and gathering places like the new community “lawn” along Reed Street and a “patio” along 13th Street.

Park advocates are now working closely with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to set priorities for implementing the proposed park improvements.

The conceptual design proposes a new entrance at 12th and Reed Streets, pathways that connect all corners of the park, and gathering places like a community “lawn” and “patio.”


VOLUNTEERS: Leah Rominger | Mathew Davis | Gabrielle Badawy | Shruti Malelo | Duffield Associates, Susan Schriner, P.E. | DB-3D, Daniel Brown | Bittenbender Construction, Joseph Bray | International Consultants, Inc., Michael Funk
OPINION OF PROBABLE COST: The project has five components (rec center area, dog park area, patio, athletic fields, and lawn) totaling $2.8 million.