Centro Nuevo Creacion (New Creation Community Center) serves as the site for an after-school program and community workshops, classes and summer enrichment programs in Philadelphia’s West Kensington neighborhood known as the Badlands. The Center sought to develop a conceptual plan to turn its asphalt lot into a safe, beautiful place to play, learn, and host community events. Proposed site improvements to the asphalt parking lot adjacent to the New Creation Lutheran Church, which houses the Center, feature a rain garden and a shade arbor, both of which will reduce the amount of impervious surface area of the site and aid with site drainage and promote infiltration of runoff. The rain garden is designed to replace the site’s clogged drainage system, which currently causes pools of water to form after a storm.
When the plan is implemented, it will serve as an on-site educational tool for the environmental classes that are offered by the Center. This plan is in line with the commitment that the organization has shown to the Tacony-Frankford Watershed Association through the assistance it has provided with creek restoration projects.
Watershed: Delaware River
Total Cost: $101,920 (estimate)
Rain Garden, Trees, Drainage Way Marking: $67,670
Front Garden: $25,000
Playground and Shade Structure: $9,250
Community Design Collaborative
117 S. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103