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A Day in the Park

Thanks to everyone who helped out and stopped by our  “sustainable backyard” on PARK(ing) Day.  We had a great time talking with curious people, meeting PARK(ing) Day participants and fans, looking up at the clouds from the hammock, hanging out laundry, and taking our lunch break in this improvised plant-filled backyard in front of the Center for Architecture on 1218 Arch Street.

The Collaborative's  Park(ing)Day  installation used repurposed materials (salvaged wood, Interface carpet samples,  and used  construction buckets) along with native plants, a hammock and a clothesline and sparked discussions about how to make the most of  an urban open space.  We also gave away recycling containers to Philly residents and a handed out flyers with strategies and resources for promoting sustainability in your own backyard.

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A special thanks goes to volunteers Karena Thurston and Nissa Grant, who worked with Emily Stromberg to plan and design the project.  Karena also helped assemble the yard and loaned us over twenty plants from her own backyard for the day.

Arch Street  had some other fantastic PARK(ing) Day installations too.  At Broad and Arch, the Arch Street Methodist Church laid sod over their parking space, arranged bottles of Gatorade around the edges and set up a table and chairs. At 15th and Arch, the Philadelphia Planning Commission installed the “Philadelphia Tree Museum” with markers representing the different tree-named streets in the City.  At 20th and Arch, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society had a verdant installation complete with several yards of sod, full trees and many plants.


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