First ReBuild Project Ground Breaking

On December 13th ground was broken for a new Youth Soccer Field and Practice Football Field at the Parkside-Evans Recreation Center in West Fairmount Park.  The ceremony was well attended by local community members and community leaders, Mayor Jim Kenney, Councilman Curtis Jones, as well as leadership from ReBuild Philadelphia, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority.  Also in attendance were players and coaches from the Parkside Saints Youth and Mentoring Association and representatives from the Overbrook High School Track Team.  This is the first project done under the City of Philadelphia’s much anticipated ReBuild program.  The ReBuild program intends to advance several hundred million dollars of improvements in the next several years, to rebuild, renovate, and redevelop parks, recreation centers, playgrounds, and libraries throughout the City.  This project includes a new U12 Soccer Field, new practice youth soccer/football field, new fencing, new retaining wall, and new trail extension.   The soccer field is being located on an area that was previously utilized as soil stockpile area for the renovation of the Belmont Reservoir located nearby. G&A’s Landscape Architecture Group led the project design and engineering team.  G&A’s Geotech and Environmental Consulting groups evaluated the stockpiled fill materials from the reservoir project and provided recommendations for compaction and grading of the site.  The geotech group also prepared engineering design for the new retaining wall and it was selected and designed to be a gravity wall system to save existing trees on an uphill slope.  Our partner, Rodriguez Consulting, LLC provided site survey and stormwater permitting services for the project.  The project was bid by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and an early summer completion is anticipated.

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