Transforming Garden Court community garden, tennis courts and more: Corner Park Renovation Project kicks off this month

September 19, 2018

Redesigned Garden Court community garden rendering provided by the Community Design Collaborative.

Community members are invited this Friday (Sept. 21) to learn more about a major fundraising effort in West Philly’s Garden Court neighborhood – the Corner Park Renovation project – which includes renovation of the community tennis courts and redesign of the community garden at 47th and Spruce.

Garden Court Community Association is partnering with the Community Design Collaborative on this project. The Collaborative prepared a plan and diagram for the redesign of the garden after conducting a community input process last spring. They will be presented at Friday’s event. The plan for the garden includes reconfiguring garden plots to allow more residents to garden, creating a new pedestrian-only entrance and gathering space with picnic tables and chairs, and more. 

The event, which begins at 3:30 p.m., will also include ribbon cutting for the new lighted bus shelter at 47th and Spruce, which is also a part of this multi-year project.

The event will conclude with a party (4:30-6:30 p.m.), featuring dancing, face painting, a raffle, bulb sale, and voter registration. More details can be found here.

Fundraising for the Corner Park Renovation project will begin this fall. Stay tuned for more information.

3 Comments For This Post

  1. West Philly Says:

    Interesting concept. Perhaps in the meantime the area on Spruce St. outside the tennis court fence might receive some much-needed-attention to trash cleanup.

  2. Eric Brown Says:

    That’s nice. Now can they fix that strip of pavement on 47th Street between Spruce and Pine along the tennis court and the Garden Court Dog Park ( for tenants of the building). I have tripped,slipped and fallen at night and during snow and icy weather. It is uneven and lifted by tree roots. I thought during their renovation/rehabbing they would do that stretch of walk way but stop with the end of their building.

  3. John Says:

    FWIW @Eric, I as at the original meeting about this and it was brought up as an issue. They were told that the trees and sidewalk by the tennis courts was under Parks Dept jurisdiction and they would have to handle it.

    You could try putting in a ticket with the 311 app. They’ve been pretty good at getting things done.

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