The Center City District (CCD) cut the turf to celebrate the grand opening of the new 6,900-square-foot Albert M. Greenfield Lawn at Dilworth Park. The CCD also opened the southern glass headhouse entrance to transit, additional walkways, and a new tree grove, which completes nearly all the main features of the new Dilworth Park on the west side of City Hall in William Penn’s original Center Square.
The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation has generously helped underwrite the cost of the lawn with a $225,000 capital donation and additionally has agreed to provide $500,000 over the next 10 years to support the maintenance of the lawn in recognition of Greenfield’s significant role in Center City’s renewal in the 1950s and 1960s.
Among those who joined Albert M. Greenfield III and the Board of the Greenfield Foundation were Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce and current chair of the City Planning Commission; former Governor Edward G. Rendell, who helped champion and launch the Dilworth Park improvements during his term as governor; and Edward M. D’Alba, President of the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation and Urban Engineers. The project’s design team was led by Urban Engineers, who collaborated with architects from KieranTimberlake and landscape architects from OLIN.