State Sen. Mike Stack and Rep. Brendan Boyle today joined the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to break ground on the much-anticipated improvement project at Benjamin Rush State Park, the city’s only state park.
“This city prides itself on the many parks that touch almost every community, but Benjamin Rush State Park is special. It’s our sole state park, and it’s mostly a quiet haven that the community passively uses,” Stack said. “This improvement project will ensure that the community can continue to enjoy the park for years to come.”
Renovation plans include a new entrance drive and sign on Southampton Road; new parking spaces for the gardens, the model airplane field, and walkers and bikers; a bicycle and pedestrian trail; hose ribs for the gardeners; a water and sewer system; and a comfort station.
“I am very excited we have reached this point. After years of hard work we are now about to commence a project that will benefit all who live in Northeast Philadelphia,” Boyle said. “The improvements to Ben Rush State Park will enable families to enjoy the park for years to come.”
The 275-acre park, located in Northeast Philadelphia, is home to community gardens and a radio controlled airplane club. Because it is an undeveloped park, it is not used for recreational purposes.
Since its creation 35 years ago, the park has not seen any renovations. State and local officials have been working toward an improvement plan for a decade.