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Third Round of Design Grants Awarded for 2015

All paths lead to the pretzel: A Collaborative Design Grant will guide improvements to Manayunk’s Pretzel Park.

The Community Design Collaborative is proud to announce its newest Design Grants.

The Collaborative will work with Arcadia Commons on a conceptual design for community gardens and a memorial park for firefighters who have lost their lives fighting fires in the neighborhood. The East Kensington-based Arcadia Commons is committed to creating healthy public spaces where our community can experience the physical, emotional and intellectual enrichment provided by green space.

Friends of Pretzel Park, in partnership with Manayunk Development Corporation's Destination Schuylkill River program, will receive design services for the conceptual design for park improvements.  This public park marks the cusp of the neighborhood and a commercial corridor with a regional draw. It is located alongside the trestles of the elevated Norristown Line and a block from Main Street Manayunk and Venice Island’s trendsetting green stormwater management infrastructure.

The Collaborative will provide a preliminary design assist to GALAEI, a queer Latin@ social justice organization. Housed in a handsome brownstone in the Norris Square neighborhood, GALAEI seeks to renovate office and program spaces to meet their community’s needs.

With help from the Collaborative, Metropolitan Baptist Church in Powelton will develop a conceptual design for renovations to enable more space within the church complex to be used by the community. These renovations will both generate revenue for the church and strengthen the church’s existing role as a community gathering place.

Finally, the Collaborative will be working with the Variety Club Camp and Developmental Center in Worcester, PA to assess and update building systems and recommend repairs to a recreation building developed in the ’80s.  The nonprofit has an 80-acre campus that offers a wide array of programs and services for children with disabilities in greater Philadelphia.  A primary focus will be on specifications for a new HVAC system that can meet the special demands of a building with a large indoor swimming pool.

The Collaborative’s Design Grants program offers grants of pro bono preliminary design services that respond to the needs of nonprofits and neighborhoods in greater Philadelphia. Our design services  to nonprofits are provided by teams of skilled volunteers that may include architects, landscape architects, preservationists, interior designers, urban planners, engineers, and cost estimators. Learn more about Design Grants.



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