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Published: 10/09/2013 | 1 Comments Posted
I'd like to respond to your Sept. 26 article, “In a Forgotten Corner of Juniata Park, trail improvements bring new problems,” which states that trail improvements in Juniata Park have brought new problems.
The Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed is working every day to improve the vitality of our 30-square mile watershed by engaging communities in education, stewardship, restoration, and advocacy.
Our city and its people face unbelievable challenges, led by the fact 30% of our neighbors live in poverty.
With that backdrop, our organization takes very seriously our partnership with the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Water departments as well as the Thomas Scattergood Foundation to engage the residents of Olney, Feltonville, Northwood, Lawncrest, Summerdale, and Frankford in their park — Tacony Creek Park.
We view stream and trail restoration as a green opportunity to ensure that people in surrounding neighborhoods have access to and know about their park.
The city is working diligently with severely limited dollars to improve and program these parks in collaboration with friends and community groups.
From regular clean-ups to storm-drain marking, from bird and nature walks to mussel surveying and block parties at the park's gateways, we have seen more use, stewardship, engagement, and enjoyment. More than 500 neighbors came to the block parties TTF hosted with community partners in July. Among the positive reactions were: "I love this park, I ride my bike here" and "I didn't know how beautiful this was."
We want to hear the concerns of residents and community organizations and work to solve these problems. We consider Mr. Kim an important ally. Our goal is to ensure that his location adjacent to the park brings him more customers. We have seen a decrease in short dumping, ATV use, and negative activity and are committed to continue this positive movement. Together, we will make the park safer and more accessible for all those want to walk or bike its trails, enjoy the stream and listen to the birds and wildlife.
Julie Slavet, Executive Director
Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership
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