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The Big Green Block

Philadelphia Water continues to work with a coalition of local nonprofits and community groups on the Big Green Block, a multi-component sustainability project at and around Shissler Recreation Center and the Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Green stormwater projects at the site include stormwater tree trenches and two rain gardens that are designed to manage runoff from approximately 1.2 acres.

PWD's partners in the project include the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, New Kensington Community Development Corporation, Sustainable 19125, Mural Arts Program and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. Check in with Sustainable 19125's blog to keep up to date on local events. 

Locate this project on our Big Green Map.

Here are a few photos: 

Race Street Pier Opens Today

The Race Street Pier—a one-acre public park that extends into the Delaware River near the Ben Franklin Bridge—debuts today at 2 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Mayor Michael Nutter. A project spearheaded by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, the Race Street Pier provides open space along the waterfront and should attract both Philadelphia residents and visitors to views of the Delaware River. Additional photos and videos at PlanPhilly.

For more information on potential projects and planning initiatives for the Delaware River, check out the recently completed Delaware Direct Watershed Rivers Conservation Plan.

You're Invited: Philly's First Porous Street

Join us for the unveiling of the city's first porous green street1 today on the 800 block of Percy Street. This green infrastructure project is a collaboration between the Philadelphia Water Department and the Streets Department; the porous asphalt allows stormwater runoff to infiltrate the surface and is stored in a stone bed until it can be absorbed by the soil. Preventing runoff from entering our sewers during rainstorms alleviates combined sewer overflows and protects the health and quality of our rivers. It's all part of PWD's Green City, Clean Waters plan to manage stormwater with green infrastructure, an approach that maximizes economic and environmental benefits to all parts of the city.

Skeptical about porous paving? Come out and toss a water balloon; you'll see firsthand how the paving soaks up water.

Date: Tuesday, May 10

Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Location: 800 block of Percy Street (between Christian and Catharine, between 9th and 10th)

Those attending the unveiling include Mayor Michael Nutter, PWD Commissioner Howard Neukrug, Streets Department Commissioner Clarena
Tolson, Deputy Mayor of Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler, and Councilman Frank DiCicco. Check back here tomorrow for photos of the event and the complete, green and porous Percy Street!

1 You might be wondering: Is this really Philadelphia's first porous street? What about cobblestone? Traditional cobblestone such as the type that is found in Philadelphia is not porous, as the stones are mainly set in impervious mortar.

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