Rep.-elect Cephas announces $300,000 secured for Carroll Park revitalization project

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 15 – State Rep.-elect Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced today that a state Community Conservation Partnership Program grant has been secured for the revitalization of Carroll Park, which is part of the 192nd Legislative District Carroll Park community. 

The $300,000 grant, awarded to Philadelphia's Department of Parks and Recreation will be used to restore the park’s historic water fountain and play area, upgrade the children’s playground equipment, create an interactive spray ground system with matting and new benches, increase signage at the entrance of the park and improve lighting and greening space to create a safe environment.

"Carroll Park serves as a central point and gathering place for families throughout the Carroll Park Neighborhood and I couldn't be happier that this funding is going to help transform the park  into a multigenerational space that will be able to hold events, allow for exercise opportunities and active play," said Cephas. "Oftentimes, families aren’t able to afford vacations outside of the city, which forces us to transform our area parks and recreation centers into ‘staycations’ and destinations that offer a similar experience."

Cephas added the need for the redevelopment project for the community was also identified through the efforts of the Carroll Park Neighbors Advisory Council in conjunction with Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

"The Carroll Park Neighbors Advisory Council with past president and the late Doris Gwaltney have helped to maintain the character of the park for close to 20 years. The plans to restore the park to its glory have been a top priority for the community," Cephas said. "The commitment of area block captains and 4th District Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. have paved the way for this project to become a reality."

"Not 10 days on the job and state Representative-elect Cephas has assisted in securing $300,000 in new money to match our local commitment of $300,000 to restore the park," Jones said. "With anticipated funding coming from Philadelphia's Rebuild initiative to revitalize our local recreation centers and libraries, I am looking forward to more opportunities to leverage local and state resources to rebuild our neighborhood assets.”

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources administers the CCPP to provide financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts, and other nonprofits for planning, acquisitions and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.

Funding for the CCPP comes from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, the Environmental Stewardship Fund and several federal funding sources.