Fabulous Fall Festival Unveils New Vision for the Wyoming Avenue Corridor
On one of the first cool days and in the fading light of fall, TEND participated in a community festival in the heart of the Feltonville neighborhood, hosted by Esperanza and the Wyoming Branch of the Free Library. Over a hundred neighbors and students from the three area schools enjoyed delicious treats from the nearby Columbian Bakery and apples from an organic orchard, painted pumpkins, and learned about nearby recreational opportunities, such as Bird Walks and Creek Talks at Tacony Creek Park. The Wyoming Avenue corridor, between Roosevelt Boulevard and Castor Avenue, is a mix of residential and commercial properties, with remnants of past industrial use, but also offers access to high-quality natural lands and recreational activities. The community is an exemplary blend of cultures both old and new to Philadelphia; Latino, Middle Eastern, African American, and Polish, to name a few.
Julie and Lisa took the opportunity at the festival to unveil the Master Plan for Wyoming Avenue developed by TEND’s design team, and to talk about the process and rationale behind it. The plan includes a new gateway at 5th Street to bolster a sense of place and identity, a newly envisioned Memorial Park at Rising Sun Avenue, and a gathering space at the very location of the festival—the Library and Recreation Center. TEND led the design team which included transportation and stormwater engineers. The Master Plan has received an enthusiastic response from various city agencies and the community.