The PHS Green Machine program will travel throughout Philadelphia this summer to deliver hands-on training, materials, and assistance to neighborhood parks and other open spaces. The program, which was launched in 2011, is the focus of a new “Character With a Cause” video presented by Subaru, featuring PHS project coordinator Nic Esposito, airing on the USA Network. Subaru of America donated a Subaru Outback, wrapped in colorful garden imagery, as the flagship for the Green Machine program.
PHS works in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy to assist groups who care for community parks. From April through November, technical assistance is provided through a Community Integrated Design Process–a four-step civic engagement process that consists of site assessment, project design, implementation, and maintenance education. In this way, volunteers participate in the development and implementation of the project. A maintenance plan is provided, enabling groups to sustain the work. The result of the Green Machine’s Community Integrated Design Process is that the volunteer group has a thorough understanding of the site, plants, and maintenance needs of the project.
This year, the Green Machine program will visit:
- Norris Square at Diamond and Howard Streets to revitalize the planters at each entrance and the garden in the center of the square.
- Upper Roxborough Reservoir at Point Royal and Lare Street to create entrance gardens with native watershed plants.
- Concert Garden at 21st and Ellsworth Streets to replant the entrance gardens with colorful, welcoming shrubs and replant the outside border.
- Emerald Park at 2312 Emerald Street to replant the fence border with small, manageable shrubs and perennials for a welcoming display.
- Rainbow de Colores Handball Court at 2300 North 5th Street to plant the entrance garden with a colorful display and establish the back beds with large shrubs.
- Cynwyd Heritage Trail in Lower Merion Township to inventory the basin plants and redesign the garden for a more uniform look and easier maintenance.
- Louis Kahn Park at 11th and Pine Streets to rearrange the rear garden bed while retaining a low-maintenance meadow effect.
- Projects are also being planned for Hawthorne Park at 12th and Catharine Streets, and Barkan Park at 50th and Spruce Streets.
We’ll keep you posted on the progress of all of these projects. Click here for more information about the Green Machine program, and learn how you can participate.