From Southeast by Southeast’s Melissa Fogg: Southeast by Southeast Burmese and Bhutanese after school students visited the Cambodian Association’s after school program to talk about their dreams for outdoor space at Mifflin Square! Kids were particularly excited about swimming pools, full-size soccer courts, and a hill with a tower and tunnel…but decided that they would be happy with improved seating, sporting facilities, barbecue areas, and flower gardens. Some of the kids felt “too cool” for the event on their way over, but were complete converts by 5:00. They are excited for changes to the park to begin, and now feel a real sense of ownership and engagement with the design process!
From BCA Jaganath Adhikari: I attended Taggart School, the Nepali speaking parents were there with one African-American parent. The meeting was about the improvement and remodeling of the Mifflin Square Park located between Wolf-Ritner Street and South 6th and South 5th streets. All the participants were excited about the meeting as they want to see the improvement in park. Kind of remodeling and renovation. Some suggested that there should not be food selling at the park. Instead it need to be neat and clean. There should be more benches for the people to sit and watch their kids play.. Some suggested that there should be bathrooms for both males and females. There should be separate playing area for big kids and small kids so that there won’t be any problem. People also want some flowers and water fountains. And also if possible it would be better if the park is half fenced, they said.
Each and every one hope that the park will be a peaceful and quiet place to spend time and relax. The funniest idea was that some want to install security camera and some want swimming pool inside the park. Beside some jokes there should not be any soccer, volleyball or basketball playing grounds. Some gave the example of the park that is on 1700 Broad St beside the CHOP and Health Center 2 and some gave the example of Franklin Square park and many more. As there is diverse community around the Mifflin park so each and every suggestion cannot work so I think the park need to be design in a general.
From SEAMAAC’s Hang Tang: There are 20 attendees at the group discussions on 3/1/17. Attendees included: Seamaac’s staff and SEAMAAC’s Planner, Mr. Damon. The purpose of the meeting is about to design, planning, and discussing on how people can initiate and advocate rebuilding the park. During the meeting, all attendees were engaged in sharing their good memory of places that they were considered nice and beautiful. After attendees had recalled their memory, they need to use the art materials on the table to describe and illustrate to the group about their memory. Some attendees expressed strongly verbally toward of how they want to improve the park and some refused to engage into the chipboard activity due to their lack of trust that it’s too good to be true for the park to rebuild again. My excited toward the group meeting was when elders sharing their hope and vision toward the park of how to improve the park. Attendees had all good ideas and visions toward the improvement of MSP Park. Personally and professionally, I would hope to see MSP Park improvement again.
Saturday, February 11
From CAGP’s Eddy Sacksith: Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia (CAGP) was very proud to host a community discussion about the future of Mifflin Square Park on Saturday, February 11, 2017. This park is only about one block away from our CAGP South Center. It is a favorite place to go for the children that participate in our Out-of-School Time (OST) programming. The park is heavily used by many of our community members. Parents along with grandparents of our OST students and other community members shared their concerns and thoughts about this popular neighbor destination. They were excited for the opportunity to express their future vision about Mifflin Square Park. The hope is that their voices were heard and the revitalization of the park and surrounding area will reflect that.