It's official - Mt. Airy's Germantown Avenue commercial corridor is a blue-ribbon winner! The flowering hanging baskets and five pocket parks developed over the past couple of years by the BID were recognized by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in October as top in its class for neighborhood gardens. The BID gratefully acknowledge the generous supporters who helped make the parks possible.
Constructed over the past two years, the pocket parks converted vacant and underutilized lots along the commercial corridor into nicely landscaped gathering spots for the public to enjoy. The parks were made possible through the support of property owners in the BID, along with private donations from the community. The park amenities include benches, café and gaming tables, and custom-made little free libraries that celebrate Mt. Airy.
The pocket park in the 6300 block of Germantown Avenue is located next to the Johnson House Historic Site, Philadelphia’s only accessible and intact stop on the Underground Railroad. The park is named Freedom Park in honor of this legacy. A sixth pocket park, to be built in 2020 in the 7100 block of Germantown Avenue, will be named Friendship Park. Located between “Freedom” and “Friendship” parks are: Sedgwick Park, Carpenter Park, Pelham Park, and Trolley Car Park, which is located next to the SEPTA depot.