Harris announces CFA grant for Neighborhood Gardens Trust

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – Highlighting the public benefit of shared community space, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., announced a Commonwealth Financing Authority grant for the Neighborhood Gardens Trust to renovate its Concert Garden.

“Public spaces like the Concert Garden are imperative to ensuring our community has a place they can gather to engage with one another and take part in social activities that enhance the neighborhood,” Harris said. “I’m incredibly appreciative to the Commonwealth Financing Authority and Governor Tom Wolf for approving this grant and helping us deliver positive enhancements to our district. I look forward to seeing and enjoying the finished product.”

The $42,208 grant, which was approved by the CFA through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program, will go toward upgrading the community flower beds, creating a play space for children and a shaded space for adults, creating a concert stage and a sustainable storm water management system. The upgrades will also include additional plantings, fencing, permeable paving, concert stage structure, fixed play equipment and seating. The total project cost is $67,208.

The Neighborhood Gardens Trust is dedicated to preserving and supporting community gardens and other open lands throughout Philadelphia with the overall goal for all neighborhoods to have a sustainable and bountiful green land cultivation from within the community.

The CFA was established as an independent agency of the commonwealth to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth.