Work underway at Hedge Street park

A day at the park: New play­ground equip­ment will be in­stalled this month. MARIA POUCH­NIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

Work is pro­gress­ing at Frank­ford’s small Hedge Street park, and new play­ground equip­ment will be in­stalled later this month, said Kim­berly Wash­ing­ton, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the Frank­ford Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion.  

The Hedge Street park is one of the small prop­er­ties the Frank­ford Parks Group has been work­ing to im­prove over the past few years. Two of the oth­ers — Wilmot Street Park and a com­munity garden at Tack­awanna and Mead­ow streets — will be the fo­cus of the group’s ef­forts dur­ing the city­wide cleanup on April 5. Dur­ing their March 25 meet­ing at CDC headquar­ters on the 4900 block of Griscom Street, mem­bers also talked about plans to cre­ate a “pop up garden” at 4671-73 Paul St.

Wash­ing­ton said designs for the garden on the city-owned land, which Parks Group mem­bers want to turn in­to a per­man­ent park, should be com­pleted by Ju­ly, but work won’t be­gin right away. She said the or­gan­iz­a­tion will get design help from the Com­munity Design Col­lab­or­at­ive, and neigh­bors need to put their heads to­geth­er to of­fer sug­ges­tions on what they’d like to see at the park. 

The or­gan­iz­a­tion will meet next at 6 p.m. on April 29 at the CDC. 

Over the sum­mer, the group hopes to have activ­it­ies on the prop­erty, and could use fold­ing tables and chairs. Any­one who can donate them should call Wash­ing­ton at 215-743-6580.

Tony Smith, the Parks Group’s pres­id­ent, said the or­gan­iz­a­tion plans to work on im­prov­ing their tar­get sites dur­ing Love Your Park Week, May 10 to May 17. ••

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