Frankford park to undergo extensive improvements

There are big plans for a little Frank­ford park.

Mem­bers of the Frank­ford Parks Group on Ju­ly 30 dis­cussed im­prove­ments to the Hedge Street rec cen­ter, a small fa­cil­ity at Or­tho­dox and Hedge streets.

Jason Dawkins, an aide to City Coun­cil­wo­man Maria Quinones Sanc­hez (D-7th dist.), said the coun­cil­wo­man will provide more than $110,000 from her cap­it­al budget to pay for de­moli­tion and re­mov­al of the old bas­ket­ball court and oth­er pav­ing as well as build­ing up the small park.

Plans call for play­ground equip­ment for chil­dren, adult fit­ness equip­ment, new pav­ing and tree plant­ings. A skate­board park is planned for the area that is now a bas­ket­ball court. Old-timers may re­call when that part of the fa­cil­ity was a pool.

The mur­al that now cov­ers two walls has been so de­faced by graf­fiti that it will be painted over, Dawkins said.

The all-vo­lun­teer group, which formed a few years ago with the goal of re­vital­iz­ing some small long-neg­lected neigh­bor­hood “pock­et parks,” pre­vi­ously had put much of its ef­forts in­to im­prov­ing Wilmot Park at Mul­berry and Mead­ow streets and a com­munity garden at Wilmot and Tack­awanna.

At last week’s meet­ing at the Frank­ford Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion headquar­ters on Griscom Street, parks group mem­bers looked over the budget for the Hedge Street im­prove­ments with an eye to cut­ting some ex­pendit­ures and mov­ing the money to oth­er parts of the pro­ject.

Pa­tri­cia Sills is try­ing to make ar­range­ments to get a couple of truck­loads of top­soil to cov­er up and kill the un­dis­cip­lined weeds that cov­er the part of the park that fronts onto Or­tho­dox Street.

Also, mem­bers said they wanted to add lights to the park, which is now dark at night.

But what the parks group really needs is vo­lun­teers, Sills said.

The parks group meets at CDC headquar­ters, 4900 Griscom St., the last Tues­day of the month. ••

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