Awbury Arboretum hopes $300K grant leads to sustainable future in Northwest Philly
As William Penn Foundation works with nonprofits to improve some of Philadelphia's greatest community treasures, Awbury Arboretum has become an exciting new partner. A $300,000 WPF grant, approved in July, will help Awbury develop new revenue streams and form strategic partnerships to expand its reach in the community that surrounds it.
Changing Skyline: An elegant redesign for Ben Franklin - and Venturi
Ben Franklin was a great and fearless tinkerer, but even he
might have been reluctant to mess with the Old City architectural icon that
honors his life and work. The deceptively modest Franklin Court complex was
designed by world-famous Robert Venturi for the 1976 Bicentennial, and it
changed the way we think about memorials. The historic site reopened last
week, after three years of planning, construction, and dire warnings of architectural
Armageddon. Just as the experts predicted, everything is different. But
different is also better.
Eakins Oval pop-up park enhances Parkway On June 11, 2013, City residents applauded the opening of the new pop-up park called “The Oval” on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as part of the More Park Less Way design process led by Penn Praxis and the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Philadelphia.
Research team braves heat to collect samples from Manatawny River As many volunteers and partnering organizations participate in our coordinated efforts with the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Open Space Institute, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to protect and restore key areas of the Delaware River Watershed, they help bring us one step closer to ensuring a healthy watershed and clean drinking water for millions of people.
Old City Named One of America’s Top Neighborhoods for the Arts A national coalition of foundations, banks, and federal agencies has named Philadelphia’s Old City one of America’s 12 most creative places: a distinction recognizing the central role that the arts play in revitalizing communities.