Community Explorations

Join local leaders for an afternoon in the city with curated community workshops in some of Philadelphia’s most talked about public spaces.

Workshop 1. Cherry Street Pier (@cherrystpier)

Cherry Street Pier is a year-round, mixed-use public space along the Delaware River Waterfront. This 55,000 square foot former shipping pier was designed with the community at the intersections of art, public space and historic preservation. This tour will also visit Race Street Pier. (Bus and Walking)

  • Sarah Eberle, General Manager Cherry Street Pier, Delaware River Waterfront Corporation
  • Emma Fried-Cassorla, Creative Director Waterfront Arts Program, Delaware River Waterfront Corporation
  • Dave Moore, Director of Parks and Attractions, Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Workshop 2. Reading Terminal Market (@RdgTerminalMkt)

One of America’s oldest and largest public indoor markets, Reading Terminal Market is breaking bread and barriers beyond the market doors. Reading Terminal Market is a leader in using food as a tool to drive cultural and economic connectivity. (Walking)

  • Anuj Gupta, General Manager, Reading Terminal Market

Workshop 3. Bartram’s Garden (@BartramsGarden)

Bartram’s Garden is 45-acre National Historic Landmark in the middle of southwest Philadelphia. Through educational and public programming, a youth-led community garden and physical connectivity throughout all of Philadelphia, Bartram’s Garden is a leader in how we reimagine and rebuild civic infrastructure built for and by our communities. (Bus and Walking)

  • Maitreyi Roy, Executive Director, Bartram’s Garden
  • Aseel Rasheed, Director of Interpretation and Visitor Engagement, Bartram’s Garden
  • Caroline Winschel, Director of Development, Bartram’s Garden

Workshop 4. The Rail Park (@TheRailPark)

The Rail Park is a vision that’s revitalizing three miles of unused rail lines into a usable, beautiful public space for all. Having completed its first phase, The Rail Park is now working to co-create future phases to welcome residents and visitors alike. (Bus and Walking)

  • Kevin Dow, Executive Director, Friends of The Rail Park
  • Shawn Sheu, Community Engagement & Programs Manager, Friends of the Rail Park

Workshop 5. Centennial Commons

The 1,400-acre area contains some of the Fairmount Park system’s most iconic destinations, including the Mann Center for Performing Arts, the Please Touch Museum and the Smith Memorial Arch. This location has been previously “over-developed” with little to no action for decades until Knight Foundation, Parkside community members and the Fairmount Park Conservancy came together to reimagine this historic site. (Bus and Walking)

  • Chris Spahr, Executive Director, Centennial Parkside CDC
  • Alexandra McFadden, resident and Centennial Parkside CDC Board member
  • Tashia Rayon, Centennial Parkside CDC Program Manager
  • Dan Schupsky, Public Affairs and Outreach Specialist, Philadelphia Water Department

Workshop 6. Hartranft Courts (@VillagePhilly)

CANCELLED: All attendees of this tour have been reassigned

Workshop 7. Mifflin Square

Located in the heart of South Philadelphia, Mifflin Square has been on a journey of creating a park that “makes room for everyone.” Through breaking down language barriers, community-led planning sessions and opening doors through food entrepreneurship, Mifflin Square Park is an example of communities, nonprofits and government agencies building together from ideas to inception. (Bus and Walking)

  • Joel Arnold, Community Building and Planning Coordinator, SEAMAAC
  • Thoai Nguyen, CEO, SEAMAAC
  • Somaly Osteen, Community Development Associate, SEAMAAC
  • Councilman Mark Squilla, 1st District City Councilman, City of Philadelphia
  • Andy Toy, Director of Community Development, SEAMAAC
  • Rebecca Wanner, Friends of Mifflin Square Park

Workshop 8. Lovett Library and Park (@Lovett_Library)

Lovett Library (located on Germantown Avenue, the juncture of East and West Mt. Airy) has long embraced its reputation as a community hub. This 21st century park and library combination sits are the crux of entrepreneurship, community and public spaces just outside of the Philadelphia City Center. (Bus and Walking)

  • Brad Copeland, Executive Director, Mt. Airy CDC 
  • Nina Gallagher, Director of Research and Evaluation, ImpactEd 
  • Andrei Konsen, Architectural Designer, Metcalfe Architecture and Design
  • Hanae Mason, Community Programs Manager, Mt. Airy CDC 
  • Alan Metcalfe, Principal, Metcalfe Architecture and Design 

Workshop 9. Dilworth Plaza/Love Park/Paine Plaza

Located in the heart of Philadelphia just off of City Hall, Dilworth Plaza, Love Park and Paine Plaza are cultural hubs for transportation and leisure. With only two of the three parks recently renovated, how does Philadelphia utilize the spaces with the highest foot traffic? (Walking)

  • Bridget Keegan Barber, Planning Consultant
  • Ashley Hahn, Writer
  • Paul Farber, Artistic Director and Co-founder, Monument Lab
  • Ellen Ryan, Senior Director of Strategy and Planning, Fairmount Park Conservancy