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Cutting the Ribbon to a Renewed Neighborhood Park

We always love a ribbon cutting!

In 2009, the Collaborative worked with the Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association on a conceptual plan to renovate its underutilized neighborhood park. Our plans and renderings helped the community boost in city funding for the project from $30,000 to $200,000!

At the ribbon-cutting last Saturday, Craig Ablin, one of the park's hard-working advocates, told us, "I can sell stuff, but this made it much easier. We went in to the Councilman Curtis Jone's office with that report. It showed we had done our homework, were prepared, and ready to go."
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Craig sent out a follow-up photo of the park several days later, explaining, "This is a picture from the park last night at 6:15.  There were 20 people in it, not including the basketball players.  It has been like that since the opening on Saturday...  Typically the park would be empty when I drive by it on my way home from work... It is making a huge difference in this part of the community." See our before and after photos above.


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