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About The Park

6170 Ridge Avenue | Philadelphia, PA 19128

The Roxborough Pocket Park project evolved from the Roxborough 2020 initiative which engaged over 700 stakeholders on rethinking the direction of Ridge Avenue and the Roxborough neighborhood. Following Roxborough 2020 the Roxborough Development Corporation (RDC) selected Groundswell Design Group to build off of this interest and lead a visioning process which resulted in the Roxborough Pocket Park’s current concept.

Photo: Roxborough Pocket Park conceptual design by Groundswell Design Group

Roxborough Pocket Park conceptual design by Groundswell Design Group

Vision For The Site

The vision for the park seeks to transform a once vacant unusable asphalt lot in the heart of Ridge Avenue into a sustainable, green flex space that can be used for special events, programming as well as activities for children and adults alike. By depaving the asphalt lot and installing plantings, flower beds, rain gardens and permeable pavers the site will create 5,500 square feet of usable area that manages stormwater headed for the Schuylkill River.

Plans shaped by the community envision a rain garden boardwalk, food cart and truck vendors at the site, movie projections, yoga classes, farmer's market, historic mural installation, stadium style seating, an artistic entrance and seating for an adjacent restaurant. View the conceptual designs for the pocket park developed by Groundswell Design Group.

Impact On Water Quality

Plans for the Roxborough Pocket Park have called for the remediation of asphalt concrete at the site and the installation of a green stormwater infrastructure system. The system will include a range of soil-water-plant systems that intercept stormwater, infiltrate a portion of it into the ground, evaporate a portion into the air and release a portion slowly back into the watershed. Stormwater analysis conducted at the site will enable the Roxborough Development Corporation to implement high standards of planning and design, including the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs). Through the project, this once vacant asphalt lot will be transformed into an on-site drainage area that reduces and purifies pollutant loads to the Schuylkill River Watershed.

Park Status

The pocket park plan will be implemented through three primary phases and is designed to capture stormwater entering the site. These phases include PHASE I Spring Planting, PHASE II Site Preparation and PHASE III Finishes. Phase I Spring Planting was completed in spring 2016 and Phase II is expected to be completed by spring 2018. 

PHASE I: Spring planting includes the installation of 14 evergreen and deciduous trees, 33 shrubs and mulch for the planting beds.

PHASE II: Site Preparation:  Site preparation includes excavating, grading, and preparing the site in preparation for plant material, pavers, drainage grates, and site amenities. Following preparation, 5,200 SF of permeable pavers, 500 perennials, 50 shrubs, 9 deciduous/evergreen trees, lighting and mulch for planting bed will be installed.

PHASE III: Finishes is the final phase of the project. Stadium style bleacher seating sections will follow along with 17 artistic benches and a rain garden boardwalk.

Local news coverage:
First Designs of The Park from Philadelphia Magazine
Roxborough Park Receives $200K Grant from Roxborough Review

Our Partners

The Roxborough Pocket Park project would not be possible without the support of the following organizations:

Community Design Collaborative
PA Department of Community and Economic Development
City of Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Roxborough Development Corporation
Schuylkill River Greenway Association
The Schuylkill Project

Photo: Fashion show organized at Roxborough Pocket Park

Fashion show organized at Roxborough Pocket Park