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Dragon Green, Hot Pockets, and Spring Gardens

  • A conceptual plan will help Spring Gardens improve communal space.


Through the Collaborative’s Design Grants, volunteer design professionals work side-by-side with communities to put their visions down on paper and move ahead with fundraising, gaining support, and getting projects built. In 2013, the Collaborative and its volunteers completed $925,000 and 8,778 hours in pro bono preliminary design services or nonprofits through 21 design grants and other technical assistance.  

We're pleased to announce our latest Design Grants!

The Collaborative will work with Southwark Elementary School Advisory Council and the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association to green Southwark's schoolyard. This vibrant, diverse school community and its dynamic new principal have already dubbed the project “Dragon Green Park.”

The Spring Gardens is a community garden at 18th and North Streets known for its  fanciful metalwork fence. The group is receiving pro bono preliminary design services to spruce up the communal space at the center of the garden with views of Center City.

City blocks near the Margaret-Orthodox Station in Frankford are being reactivated through Destination Frankford. We’ll be working with Frankford CDC to amplify this effort with a conceptual design for a pop up pocket park at Frankford Avenue and Paul Streets, the site of new murals and an art installation.

The Collaborative will also be working with Frankford CDC to advise store owners located in the Frankford Avenue and Paul Street Commercial Corridors on facade improvements through our rStore program.

We’ll also be providing rStore facade improvement design consultations to businesses on North Fifth Street through the North 5th Street Revitalization Project and Korean Community Development Services Center.

The Collaborative will be crafting a conceptual master plan for W.B. Saul High School in conjunction with the Manayunk Development Corporation (MDC). The master plan will set the stage for stormwater management and other improvements to the school’s 130-acre spread and unify the campus, which spans busy Henry Avenue. The project is being done through MDC’s Schuylkill Project, which fosters planning, projects and programming for the Schuylkill Watershed.

Finally, the Collaborative organized a design workshop in March in partnership with People's Emergency Center. The workshop brought together volunteer designers and representatives from five civic associations in West Philadelphia to develop scenarios for the reuse of the former University City High School and Drew Elementary School site.

The Collaborative accepts applications for Design Grants on a rolling basis. Design Grants are awarded four times a year.

  • Planning the sustainable road ahead for Saul High School.
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