On Saturday, November 5, over 100 community members and Vernon Park stakeholders came out to complete and celebrate our rain garden installation. Over the past six months, TTF has spearheaded a major renewal in Vernon Park, leading over 20 community organizations in the effort to clean, green and beautify the park. Our collaborative work inspired Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to choose Vernon Park as the signature site for their LOVE Your Park: Fall Edition event. During the event, volunteers raked and planted, while stakeholders put the finishing touches on our rain garden installation. In addition, stakeholder groups hosted informational tables and kids’ activities.
The day’s program included speeches from Mayor Michael Nutter, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Mike DiBerardinis, Water Department Commissioner Howard Neukrug, Barbara McCabe from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Maitreyi Roy from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, TTF’s own Julie Slavet, and Ruth Seeley from Friends of Vernon Park.
After the speaking program, the crowd cheered as Mayor Nutter and stakeholders cut the ribbon for the brand new rain garden!
Thank you so much to everyone who worked so hard on this project, and especially to TTF’s outgoing AmeriCorps VISTA, Lesley Saliga, whose hard work and dedication made the whole project possible!