On December 5, members of the Mifflin Coalition gathered for a meeting on several important Mifflin Square Park activities. First, members heard from the Philadelphia Water Department about the exciting green infrastructure project that will renovate each corner entrance to the park in 2020 as part of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters project. Next, the Friends of Mifflin Square Park provided a recap on the many 2019 activities that took place in the park. Finally, Jae Shin from HECTOR, the firm leading the schematic design process, gave an overview of the progress of the schematic designs. Coalition members discussed maintenance commitments for park improvements and upcoming public engagement opportunities.
SEAMAAC is looking for neighbors interested in being Community Design Leaders (CDLs) in 2020. CDLs will be financially compensated for their time and be able to help guide the engagement process for schematic designs. If you are interested, please contact Joel Arnold at 215-467-0690 x. 124 or email email@example.com. Keep an eye out for upcoming January and February engagement sessions. Dates will be posted here!
As we continue to work to bring the concept plan announced last year to life, we’ve got some exciting updates to share about Mifflin Square Park and some important opportunities coming up soon for engagement!
Summer Announcement of Funding Support
This July we were excited to welcome State Senator Farnese and State Representative Fiedler to Mifflin Square to announce $70,000 in funding to support to continued operation of the SoPhiE Food Truck, closing our fundraising gap on the installation of decorative pavers in the new plaza being created at 6th and Ritner, and to better fund park programming and events. You can see some great images from this event here and even see coverage that this announcement received in the South Philly Review here. This programming funding has allowed SEAMAAC and the Friends to purchase more games to have regularly at the park (giant jenga, giant connect four, cornhole, etc.) as an easy way to activate the space.
Events and Programming
Partly with the support of this funding and thanks to community organizations at large, the park has this summer been home to some great events. This has included World Refugee Day in June, the Mutter Museum’s Health Fair on September 7th, and International Peace Day on September 21st. To respond to one of the clear comments raised in the Concept Plan of the need for more frequent programming, every Friday through the end of October there are events at the park as a part of Fall Fridays at Mifflin Square. Check out the flyer below for more information and check out the Facebook event here. From game nights to soccer clinics to Halloween events, there will be plenty going on in the park this fall. As always, the Friends of Mifflin Square also meet every first Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the park, please do join if you are interested or if you know of interested neighbors!
Schematic Design Work Underway!
Lastly, work is now underway on the Schematic Design process. This process will take the community vision of the concept plan and work to start turning that into detailed documents that can be used for construction. For this work a team has been put together that will oversee the process:
HECTOR (Damon and Jae) of Newark, New Jersey who led the concept planning process will be the overall project managers for this phase, working to ensure that the intent and vision of the Concept Design are well-interpreted and sensitively developed into schematic designs.
Ground Reconsidered of Philadelphia will work as collaborating landscape architect, working closely with HECTOR to develop the design. GR has extensive experience working on Philadelphia parks projects.
KS Engineers, PC of Philadelphia will work as consulting civil engineer, working to provide topographic surveying and needed civil engineering.
The surveying team was out in the park just this last week!
The plan now is to have a final schematic design set complete in early March of 2020 that could then be carried through to final construction documents and actual park reconstruction through the Rebuild program. There will be several engagement meetings and input sessions later this year and early in 2020, so stay tuned for those events and meetings!
Some early construction phases will be taking place before any overall park rebuild thanks to the Philadelphia Water Department’s Green City Clean Watersprogram, including the new 6th and Ritner plaza, the new rain garden at 5th and Wolf, and rebuilt entrances at all 4 corners of the park.
SEAMAAC hosts an Elders Gathering every Tuesday morning at the BOK building in South Philadelphia from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM. During this past week, the elders participated in a paver design charrette and gave their feedback on what they would like to see incorporated. SEAMAAC outreach workers helped Vietnamese, Bhutanese, and Chinese elders bring their ideas to life and create 3-D models. Check out all of their fantastic ideas below!
The Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia participated in a paver design charrette with the children in their after school program. The afternoon was filled with creative ideas for how to design the future pavers on the corner of South 6th Street and Ritner Street at Mifflin Square Park. Check out the pictures below to see their 3-D model!
The fundraising campaign for decorative pavers at the entrance of Mifflin Square Park is now Live! This fundraiser arose following several neighborhood park advisory meetings where this was highlighted as a real priority improvement focus for neighborhood residents and stakeholders. In line with this shared community vision, this fundraiser presents the opportunity to mark a distinctive entrance to Mifflin Square Park and to preserve the names of the dedicated neighborhood residents and organizations who have done so much in the park planning process and in the many years before.
This campaign will be active until Monday, April 22, 2019 and the goal is to raise $10,000. Individuals who donate $200 or above will be able to have their name engraved at the park entrance as part of these pavers. Organizations are also welcome to contribute and have their name engraved as we know countless organization been a part of improving Mifflin Square Park. If an organization wants to make a collective donation from several individuals on behalf of the organization, we certainly encourage that.
Mifflin Square Park Final Design Focus Group
Saturday, December 16, 12–2 pm
Centro Alabanza de Filadelfia
440 Snyder Ave
Drinks & snacks will be served
Children are invited to attend with adults
Please RSVP to (267) 323–0967 or map [at] seamaac [dot] org by 12/13
Learn more at www.mifflinsquareplan.org
If you are interested in learning more about how to advocate for a dog area in the park, please see these guidelines from PPR on “Dog Run Creation Guidelines”
How Do I Get a Dog Run in My Park or Playground?
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation will consider requests to create a dog run on PPR property on a case-by-case basis. The organizing entity should be prepared to address the following general guidelines.
Identify the park or rec center recommended for the dog run.
Provide a map of the specific area you would like designated for the dog run.
Identify members of the organizing entity that will manage, maintain and commit to raise the necessary funds for the dog run. Include name, address, email address and phone number.
Demonstrate neighborhood support from local elected officials, community organizations, including the Friends group or Advisory Council affiliated with the site, civic associations, CDCs, and condo or tenant association, if applicable.
Accept that organizing entity is responsible for fundraising all costs to design and construct according to PPR standards. Required improvements will include fencing, artificial turf suitable for dogs, lighting, water service, trash receptacles, seating and signage.
Develop stewardship and financial plans to sustain the site, including ongoing fundraising efforts for maintenance cost.
Upon receipt, the proposal will be reviewed by PPR leadership and discussed with your district council office. After review completion, PPR will request a meeting with the organizing entity to discuss your proposal in more detail. PPR will render a decision within three months of receipt of proposal.
On Sunday, November 19, residents and park users took park in an engaging conversation around park design options for the park. We heard enthusiasm and hope for the future of Mifflin Square Park and how if we work together we can achieve the park that will unite communities and create a dynamic shared space. Thank you to the team at HECTOR, our partners at Friends of Mifflin Square, BAO-P and the many community leaders and teams who came out to support, volunteer and interpret for the day. It was a packed house and we heard over 9 languages spoken at the focus group discussion!
If you did not make it out to join us or want to continue to be a part of the conversation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 267-323-0967 to share your thoughts and RSVP for our final community meeting on 12/16/17 from 12-2 PM at Centro de Alabanza de Filadelfia: 440 Snyder Ave Philadelphia, PA 19148