United States of America, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia
Schuylkill River Park Community Garden (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
In what was originally the Kelly Brickyard, an original community garden thrives today. In 1981, an organized group of neighbors petitioned the city for permission to use the vacated lot for gardening. The city of Philadelphia, under Mayor Wilson Goode, approved the construction budget for a community garden designed by landscape architect John Hough, inlcuding a pergola, walkways, fountain, iron fencing, and gates.After entering, the visitor proceeds down a long allee lined with sour cherry trees. The walkway leads to a central pergola with a cistern fountain enclosed by a trellis covered with four different kinds of grape vines. There are 72 raised bed plots of various sizes. "Tomato Lane," a 27 x 2 foot swath of land for tomato plants, was added in 2006.
Persons and organizations associated with the garden include: City of Philadelphia (owner, 1981-present); Center City Residents Association (managers, 1981-present); John Hough (landscape architect, 1981); and Greg and Lil Leavitt (sculptors, 1981-1982).
The folder includes a work sheet, narrative description, copy of newsletter (Center City Residents' Association, February 2005), and site plan.