Here at Riverfront North Partnership, we are constantly learning; not only from our own experiences along the parks and trails, but also from similar organizations and initiatives across Philadelphia and the nation. This year, thanks to generous funding from the William Penn Foundation, Riverfront North Partnership staff and a selected panel of Bridesburg residents are embarking on a number of trips with this mission of information gathering to guide the future of the Riverfront Park in Bridesburg. Below you will find a chronicling of those experiences and lessons learned.
MEET THE COMMITTEE
*Stay tuned for in-depth interviews with each of our local Bridesburg committee members!
AUGUST 2019 – LAZARETTO “QUARANTINE PLAY”
RNP staff explored the grounds of the Lazaretto in Tinicum Township, PA via an interactive theater experience called “Quarantine Play” that delved into the history of the site, it’s relationship to the Delaware River and the relationship the community has with the space today. The program’s creator, Aislinn Pentecost-Farren, is in the process of developing a new historical experience for the Bridesburg community ahead of the groundbreaking of the Bridesburg Riverfront Park.
AUGUST 2019 – SEATTLE, WA/PORTLAND, OR
Our executive director, Stephanie Phillips traveled to the Pacific Northwest to meet with groups from across the nation for the Reimagining the Civic Commons conference. RNP is exploring the Civic Common’s four goals of civic engagement, socioeconomic mixing, environmental sustainability and value creation and how they might play into the landscape of the future riverfront park in Bridesburg.
SEPTEMBER 2019 – CAMDEN, NJ/ PETTY ISLAND
The Riverfront North Partnership team ventured across the Delaware River to explore how the other half lives over in New Jersey. Our partners, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership were kind enough to lead us on a multi-park tour of the Camden riverfront and gave us behind-the-scenes insight into ongoing projects and the successes and struggles they’ve had with each. We had the opportunity to explore: RCA Pier, Cooper’s Point, Pyne Point, Cramer Hill and Petty’s Island parks.
Overall, our trip across the river was eye-opening and refreshing. Though we are two states, we are one river and it is great to see both sides working tirelessly to transform formerly industrial shorelines into riverfront recreational spaces that benefit not only the environment, but the surrounding communities of our two great states.
SEPTEMBER 2019 – AKRON, OHIO
Akron, Ohio has recently had a park renaissance RNP and the Bridesburg committee will visit with our friends across the river at Cooper’s Ferry Partnership to see how the New Jersey side of the Delaware River is developing. How can two states sharing one river work together to benefit all?