On January 23rd, members of the Friends of Mifflin Square Park and former Community Design Leaders joined with other neighbors for a Schematic Design Focus Group led by SEAMAAC and Hector at SEAMAAC’s 8th Street Outreach Office. Neighbors discussed how to prioritize designs in the concept plan focusing mainly on play equipment, seating, and sports fields. A robust discussion helped to identify which pieces of playground equipment were most popular, where seating was most needed, and how to make sure the vision of the concept plan is carried through in a maintainable and implementable manner. Schematic designs are being revised with this prioritization in mind, and more neighborhood events are to come. Stay tuned!
If you’re looking for ways to get involved in the work that is going on in Mifflin Square Park then a great way is to sign-up for a park and corridor clean-up. These clean-ups are monthly and we’re always looking for volunteers to help make our park a beautiful and welcoming space for everyone.
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Mifflin Square Park is at the center of one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city. With a mix of Asian, white, African American and Latino populations and many recent refugees and immigrants, the challenges of language, culture and race must be addressed to build a cohesive plan for the park and neighborhood in order to attract needed funding for basic improvements.
On 10/19, participants from Gehl Institute’s #publicxdesign conference visited the park to discuss in-depth process of reclaiming public space for this diverse South Philly community. Great exchange and let’s continue to share strategies for more community driven design!
From SEAMAAC’s Somaly Osteen: The Walkshop was conducted on February 2, 2017 starting at 1pm and lasted until 3pm. There was about 20 people from different organizations met at I heart Cambodia restaurant. The Walkshop turned out to be productive. Conversations took place between the stakeholders and Brian the owner of Nusantara an Indonesian convenience store, as well as Samathea the owner of Save More Pharmacy was a significant. I am excited to see the cooperation between the community, SEAMAAC, CAGP, 7th Street Civic Association and other relevant sectors. Nobody should feel left out but to have a voice within the community. The beautiful characteristics of the diversity of this community are a great asset that everyone should acknowledge. Different authentic restaurants, convenience stores, places to shop that all represent different cultures is an amazing experience. Furthermore, Mifflin Square Park, located a block away from the south 7th street is another great asset that makes the community even more vibrant.