Local redevelopment – from Main Street improvements, to rebuilding commercial corridors, to creating recreational open space—is among the strongest economic forces in our country. Our long-term recovery is dependent on stimulating local economic growth, and that is why I have made improving the neighborhoods of Southeastern Pennsylvania one of my top priorities. Reinvigorating communities to be greener, safer, and more livable will improve the quality of life for residents and visitors and stimulate job creation here at home.
One of the greatest kept secrets of Philadelphia is the shoreline of the Delaware River. Closed off from the public for decades, I have worked to make redevelopment of the riverfront a priority. On Monday, May 14th, I was proud to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for Lardner’s Point Park—a signature piece
Greenway project that will reconnect the neighborhoods of Philadelphia with the river and provide access to parks and recreational pathways, open space and new residential communities, and a thriving business industry.
I fought to secure funds for Lardner’s Point Park and worked to ensure the primarily industrial waterfront now has a future rooted right here in the Northeast. Back in 2010, the project was in danger of losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in state funding. Without this money, the project would have died. I urged the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Pollution Funds Center (NPFC) to release $643,000 so the project could be completed.
The new 4.5-acre park now includes:
- Restored natural green space including trees and shrubs, wetland plants, and herbaceous perennials;
- A park with picnic tables and park benches, a bike rack, solar lighting, and limestone paths; and
- An updated pier to serve as a usable fishing destination.
In addition to Lardner’s Point Park, I fought to secure $8 million for the construction of a low-impact, spine roadway serving the North Delaware Riverfront corridor and $8 million for the development and construction of bicycle and pedestrian trails and access links along the riverfront.
For more information on my work in Northeast Philadelphia, please visit my website at www.schwartz.house.gov or drop by my district office at 7219 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia.
Photo/Philly Bike Coalition