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A Participatory Philadelphia– Inspiration from the civic commons in 2023

Amber Art & Design engaged community members in the design of the crosswalk murals coming to major Strawberry Mansion corridors in early 2024. Image credit Albert Yee and image courtesy Strawberry Mansion CDC.

Enhancing corridors and green space in Strawberry Mansion

In Strawberry Mansion, the Strawberry Mansion CDC hosted the Conservancy, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Neighborhood Gardens Trust, the Philadelphia Eagles, and Braskem for two days of volunteer work at the neighborhood’s Resource Garden Center in May and October to level the garden, create new garden beds, install benches, and remove trash from the site.

In Strawberry Mansion, the CDC has been working with Amber Art & Design, a local public art and community engagement collective, and community members to paint the crosswalks on the main corridors leading from the neighborhood into East Fairmount Park. In April, the CDC hosted four idea-sharing and design charrettes at intersections leading to the park’s Mander Recreation Center and Boxers’ Trail, and after working through the approval process with the City’s Art Commission and Streets Department, the CDC and Amber Art will organize community paint days in spring 2024.

Volunteers from Braskem join staff from the Strawberry Mansion CDC, Fairmount Park Conservancy, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Neighborhood Garden Trust, and the Philadelphia Eagles for a volunteer workday at the Strawberry Mansion Green Resource Center.

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