Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse is a privately owned facility within Fairmount Park that has been a favorite site for children since it opened to the public in 1899. The facility underwent a renovation to upgrade the playground equipment to current safety standards in 2005, and is currently undergoing additional renovations.
As part of the upgrades, Hunt Engineering prepared a stormwater management plan for the site. The stormwater management strategy includes structural and non-structural BMPs, including an underground infiltration area, vegetated swales, and a rain garden. The design not only infiltrates stormwater runoff from the new playground, it also redirects runoff across a greater area to reduce the effects of erosion that has plagued one of the Park’s ravines for decades.
Watershed: Schuylkill River
Total cost: $1,000,000 from the Smith Trust and private donations to the Playground’s capital campaign
Jim Brzostowicz, PE
Hunt Engineering Company
PO Box 537
22 E. King Street
Malvern, PA 19355