Youngblood announces state grant to build pocket park along Wayne Avenue

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., today announced that Germantown United Community Development Corp. will receive a $225,000 grant for the construction of a pocket park on the border of Germantown and Nicetown along Wayne Avenue.

A pocket park is a small outdoor space usually only occupying a few house lots and often located in an urban area surrounded by commercial buildings or houses. The proposed park will be located in two vacant lots that have been donated to help facilitate the project, which totals $319,041.

“At a time when urban development is at an all-time high, I am pleased to have an opportunity to help preserve green space within our community,” Youngblood said. “It is fundamental to assume our role in the transformation of unused areas and abandoned spaces, so we can meet the needs of everyone.”

Youngblood said the funding was provided by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and will go toward the preparation of the lots, installation of pavers, hardscaping materials, sidewalks, landscaping and a trellis entrance to ensure privacy for neighboring houses.

The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. It is responsible for funding programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and the Department of Banking and Securities.