Vernon Park

April 3, 2015 | by Brooke Willmes

A $1.2 million upgrade is coming to Germantown’s Vernon Park, which should be completed by this summer. This Spring, representatives from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Philadelphia Water Department, and the Fairmount Park Conservancy will break ground on the renovations. The ceremonial ground breaking was held on March, 20th at the park with all the major representative present.

Green 2015 is the project’s umbrella. Improvements to the park include better walkways, new play equipment and the addition of adult fitness equipment so parents and grandparents can work out while the youngsters play. There will also feature new benches and picnic tables. There will be a whole new upgrade on the lighting to the entire park, so all the paths will re-lit with very high quality lighting. Vernon Park has also three major monuments in it and the new upgrade will also include cleaning and new lighting for these landmarks.

The money for the project will be coming mostly from the 8th District Council office, with the Parks and Recreation furnishing the remaining $350,000. The park upgrades will take place throughout April, May, June and will not restrict access to Center in the Park or Vernon House. Roughly half of the park will need to be closed completely for the upgrades to take place, around the northern edges and western edges where the current playground sits.

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data gathered from planphilly.com

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