Officials gathered to celebrate the ribbon-cutting of a 4.5-acre park at Lardner’s Point, located just south of the Tacony – Palmyra bridge in Philadelphia, PA, and adjacent to the Philadelphia Water Department’s historic Lardner’s Point Pump Station. The new park is the 64th in the Fairmount Park system and is an integral step in the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation’s Green 2015 plan to expand the system by 500 acres over the next four years. The park will serve as a gateway and trailhead for the Delaware River Heritage Trail and is an important link to the 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway that runs from Maine to Florida.
Urban Engineers (Urban) was selected by Delaware River City Corporation to provide environmental services in coordination with the park’s designer, BioHabitats, Inc. This was Urban’s second collaboration with the conservation planning and ecological restoration firm from Baltimore, MD. Previously, Urban coordinated with BioHabitats, Inc. on Washington Avenue Green, the former Pier 53 turned park and multi-purpose trail that was the first new public space to open as part of the implementation of the Delaware River Waterfront Master Plan.
Urban served as the environmental consultant for the Lardner’s Point Park project and the adjacent Kensington and Tacony Trail project from the preliminary planning stages in the early 2000s. Early involvement included Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, underground storage tank and brownfield remediation plans, and a risk assessment. In later stages, Urban provided permitting assistance to bring the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, United States Army Corp of Engineers, and Philadelphia Water Department on board with the park project. Finally, Urban provided environmental oversight during the construction phase of the park.
“We are thrilled we could assist the Delaware River City Corporation as it repurposed this previously vacant, industrial property along the riverfront into a gateway and vital link to the East Coast Greenway,” said Angelo Waters, PE, LEED® AP, Urban’s Environmental Practice Leader and Project Manager. “This new park will serve the communities of the City of Philadelphia and the Greater Delaware Valley Region well for years to come.”