Parks & Green Space

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Nov 28, 2023 5 months ago

UCD Presents The Green Giving Challenge

UCD is raising money to maintain green space throughout the District. Plus each dollar raised for greening in University City will be matched up to $25,000. If you love and use green space in University City, now is the time to double your impact on the neighborhood we love.

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Dec 06, 2016 7 years ago

Breaking Ground on Trolley Portal Gardens

We did it! On Tuesday, December 6th, Mayor James Kenney and other key stakeholders joined us as we broke ground on Trolley Portal Gardens, the future home of a public space and restaurant at the 40th Street Trolley Portal. This public-private partnership between UCD, SEPTA, the City of Philadelphia, and neighborhood stakeholders will transform a blighted and unwelcoming place into a vibrant and social space and a new restaurant called Trolley Car Station.

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Nov 30, 2015 8 years ago

Innovation Plaza Open at uCity Square

The University City Science Center has completed work on their Innovation Plaza, the first addition to their uCity Square project, located on 37th Street between Market and Chestnut Streets. The new pocket park offers a new space to gather and support a creative culture, with a landscaped walkway, game tables, an entertainment zone, and seating. Innovation Plaza is also home to a new Innovators Walk of Fame, which is a monument to Greater Philadelphia’s primary sources of innovation.

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Nov 12, 2015 8 years ago

Don't Miss a Neighborhood Cleanup on 12/5

You're invited to help with a neighborhood-wide cleaning effort on Saturday, December 5th. UCD encourages everyone to step outside and clean up where you live, work, learn or play. This can be outside your home, office or school, in a nearby park, or an empty lot. Even the smallest effort can make a big difference.

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Oct 10, 2013 10 years ago

Clark Park is now #LoopedIn

UCD’s #LoopedIn is now in Clark Park. Tell us where you’d like to see #LoopedIn next. Email [email protected] with your suggestions today.

Looped In

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Aug 29, 2012 11 years ago

Woodland Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Unveiled

University City District (UCD) has partnered with the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities and the Philadelphia Streets Department to transform a lifeless traffic island and a redundant stretch of street into a verdant oasis with trees, planters, bistro tables, and umbrellas. On Wednesday, September 19 at 1-2:30pm, all are invited to join Mayor Michael Nutter, UCD and other stakeholders in celebration of this exciting new pedestrian plaza adjacent to University of the Sciences’ campus.

The Woodland Avenue Pedestrian Plaza is the first completed project of the City of Philadelphia’s Pedestrian Plaza Program, which seeks to reclaim these unused swathes of asphalt and concrete by quickly and inexpensively turning them into new public plazas and parks. “Pedestrian Plazas are yet another example of how the City and community partners can drive innovation and make Philadelphia more vibrant through the creation of small public spaces. With Ped Plazas and Parklets popping up across the city it is clear that there is demand for high quality, low cost, pedestrian amenities," added Mayor Michael Nutter.

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May 29, 2012 11 years ago

Clark Park: Your Local Summer Hideaway

As a student living in Center City, I must admit that I often experience the desire for an occasional getaway. A place where I can experience the beauty of nature, smell the fresh air, feel the open space, hear the birds chirp, somewhere that I could even see the starts out at night. As I searched for my fantasy getaway, I stumbled upon Clark Park.

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Jan 30, 2012 12 years ago

Celebrate Charles Dickens' 200th Birthday in Clark Park

One of West Philadelphia's most unique and entertaining events, the annual Charles Dickens Birthday Party, is coming this Sunday, February 5. This year, the novelist's 200th birthday will be celebrated with music, dramatic readings, and tasty treats. Sponsored by Friends of Clark Park, in honor of the famous statue of Dickens that has graced the park since 1901, the party will commence at 2pm in Griffith Hall of the University of the Sciences.

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Nov 03, 2011 12 years ago

Love Your Park, No Matter Where You are in University City

Wherever you are in University City, on Saturday, November 5th, you have an opportunity to show your love for your neighborhood park by pitching in to clean up.  Raking leaves, picking up trash, and all manner of other sprucing up will be going on at Clark Park, Cedar Park, Barkan Park, and others. A map of parks with their clean up times is here, and a list of participating parks is also here, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

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Sep 09, 2011 12 years ago

Youth Farmers Market Today at Malcolm X Park

If you miss today's farmers market at the Radian, head to the unique Youth Farmers Market at Malcolm X Park (52nd and Pine Streets), featuring hyperlocal produce grown exclusively by neighborhood kids. *Friday, September 9th 4:00pm-7:00pm* Growers include:

  • Earth Keepers
  • MLK High School Seeds for Learning
  • Philadelphia Urban Food and Fitness Alliance (PUFFA)
  • Saul: Henry Got Crops
  • Teens4Good
  • *UNI School of the Future*
  • *UNI Rebel Gardeners of Pepper Middle School*
  • *Youth Urban Mobile Market (YUMM)*
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