Enjoy Spring in University City

Apr 24, 2018 8 months ago


UCD works year-round to keep our streets beautiful, green, and safe for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. Whether we are planting 10,000 bulbs at The Porch at 30th Street, designing and installing custom social seats for the public to enjoy, working on traffic calming efforts, providing landscape services through our Green City Works landscape team, or putting the final touches on Trolley Portal Gardens, our impact can be felt throughout the neighborhood.

Are you looking for places to enjoy the beautiful weather? We've got them! Below, read about locations UCD has developed throughout the neighborhood where you can lounge, relax, or enjoy natural beauty during the best months to be outdoors.

The Porch at 30th Street Station

Every winter, we plant over 10,000 bulbs at The Porch at 30th Street Station so the space will be in full bloom by April. The Porch is a perfect place to escape the bustle of the city, feel like a kid again on our custom swings, enjoy breakfast and lunch from rotating food trucks on weekdays, and, starting May 2nd, enjoy a drink at the Pub at The Porch Wednesdays through Fridays! Keep an eye out for takeovers by local breweries like Dock Street, Levante, and 2SP. Beginning in June you can also catch free weekly performances on your lunch break. Make sure to follow The Porch on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with all of the exciting things going on!


Each year we install Parklets throughout the neighborhood. These temporary seating platforms transform parking spaces into places to sit, relax, eat and enjoy street life. Landscaped with planters and furnished with movable café tables and chairs, Parklets add a distinct vibrancy to the neighborhood. 

Four of our Parklets are out in the neighborhood, and two more will be popping up in new locations soon! Visit our Parklets at: 

  • 4040 Locust St. (hosted by Ramen Bar)
  • 261 S. 44th St. (hosted by Honest Tom's Tacos and Lil' Pop Shop)
  • 4239 Baltimore Ave. (hosted by Green Line Cafe)
  • 4903 Catharine St (hosted by Little Baby's Ice Cream)


Market Street Bridge

If you find yourself needing to cross the Schuylkill River, we recommend choosing the Market Street Bridge. The project includes 120 lightweight planters with lush greenery and bleacher seating to sit and catch views of the Schuylkill River. The installation softens noise from the vehicular traffic and strengthens the connection between University City and Center City. Experience it for yourself the next time you're in the area!  



Trolley Portal Gardens

Trolley Portal Gardens, UCD's new public space serving as a gateway for West Philadelphia trolley passengers, is nearing completion. When finished the space will boast welcoming seating, new trees and landscaping, and Trolley Car Station, the newest offering from the Trolley Car family, offering surprisingly cool comfort food, ice cream, outdoor dining, and beer to go. We anticipate a summer opening for both the public space and the brand new restaurant and are eager to welcome you to UCD's next great space.


Innovative Seating

In addition to our Parklets, we've designed and installed smaller seating options throughout the neighborhood. Our Looped In chairs (pictured) have found a permanent home at Woodland Green. Our bus seats offer a place for commuters to rest while waiting for public transportation, and are adorned with messages detailing the travel time to central locations in Philadelphia as well as signage identifying the stop's location. Our tree seats provide resting spaces for pedestrians on the go, giving people a sense of protection from the busy street and hot sun, all without hurting the tree.


Pedestrian Plazas

UCD works closely with the City and community residents to enhance the safety of the streets for the benefit of pedestrians, bikers, transit riders, and drivers. We have developed pedestrian plazas that use greening and design principles to make intersections into safer, greener and, more beautiful open spaces. Check them out at 42nd and Woodland, 48th and Baltimore, and as an extension of Cedar Park at 49th and Catharine. 


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