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Celebrating the Big Green Block

Fishtown boasts what's con­sidered “the biggest, green­est block in Phil­adelphia.” 

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF NK­CDC

On Sat­urday, Ju­ly 20, from 11 a.m. to noon, the New Kens­ing­ton Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion, the Phil­adelphia Wa­ter De­part­ment, Pennsylvania Hor­ti­cul­tur­al So­ci­ety, Parks and Re­cre­ation, Fishtown Ath­let­ic Club, and Palmer Dog­gie De­pot cel­eb­rated  the “Big Green Block,” 1800 Blair St. in Fishtown. 

NK­CDC brought to­geth­er the part­ners that made the block pos­sible, and led tours of the blocks’ fea­tures. NK­CDC, part­ners, and com­munity mem­bers cel­eb­rated the ef­forts of five years of green­ing and com­munity con­tri­bu­tions on that Sat­urday. 

Speak­ers in­cluded (pic­tured above): State Rep. Mike O’Bri­en, Coun­cil­man Mark Squilla, Shari Her­sh (Pro­ject Man­ager at Mur­al Arts Pro­gram), Drew Bech­er (Pres­id­ent of PHS), Ed Fagan (Dir­ect­or of the De­vel­op­ment Di­vi­sion of Parks and Re­cre­ation), Joanne Dahme (Dir­ect­or of Pub­lic Af­fairs of the Phil­adelphia Wa­ter De­part­ment), Pat Cain from the Fishtown Ath­let­ic Club, Di­ane Pul­vers from Palmer Dog­gie De­pot, Sandy Salzman (Ex­ec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or, NK­CDC) and A.J. Thom­son (NK­CDC Board). 

With re­cent com­ple­tion of the storm wa­ter wa­ter bas­ket­ball courts and oth­er green spaces, it was a great day to cel­eb­rate the biggest, green­est block in Phil­adelphia.

You can reach at mjamison@bsmphilly.com.

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