Greening Lea Update & Year-End Request!

Rain garden redThe West Philly Coalition for Neighborhood Schools (WPCNS) is excited to share images of the completed 2015 phase of the Greening Lea schoolyard project. We are so grateful for such strong community support for this project!

As you can see, the redesigned yard now has a series of outdoor areas including a shade tree grove and rain gardens along 47th Street. Pavement has been upgraded with new permeable brick pavers at the entrances and under the trees. And there is a beautiful new gateway at the corner of 47th and Spruce. The new green spaces soften the harsh pavement, provide cooling shade for people, habitat for wildlife, and educational opportunities for students and teachers.

Yard with rain gardensWe are also excited to announce two recent funders: WPCNS is the recipient of a Mosaic Community Church’s Building-It-Together (BIT) grant program. Established to support new capital-intensive, community-centric philanthropic endeavors in the West Philadelphia neighborhoods surrounding the church, BIT is funded by 10 % of the proceeds raised from Mosaic’s capital campaign for their newly renovated building. WPCNS have also received funding from by the Post Brothers real estate development firm.

Rain gardenThese funders, along with continued community support, allowed us not only to bridge our funding gap but also do additional work resurfacing the asphalt of the reoriented basketball court, an element initially value-engineered out of the project to meet budget. Soon, the School District of Philadelphia will install the basketball hoops, brought over from the closed Wilson School, whose students merged with Lea.

Tree grove 2In 2016, WPCNS hopes to add in several additional elements left out of this phase of work, including painting the basketball court lines, seating, and new flags. Please consider making a year-end Greening Lea donation to WPCNS to help make this work happen.

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