Posted by Haley Loram Named in honor of the architect Julian Abele, Philadelphia’s first new public park in over a decade began as a Collaborative project to reclaim a vacant lot in 2005. The project brought together a task force of long-time residents and newcomers, who became instrumental in advocating for the park.
Julian Abele, a resident of the neighborhood, was a prominent African-American architect best-known for his work on the Philadelpia Art Museum and the Duke University campus. That space is now a simple, verdant space at 21st and Montrose. The community's next project will be a mural to commemorate Abele.
A broad coalition of Philadelphians worked to bring this park to life. Congratulations to you all!