07/18/2008 - Benjamin Franklin Parkway is about to get a makeover that designers hope will make the tree-lined boulevard more pedestrian-friendly.
Gov. Rendell, Mayor Nutter and philanthropic representatives yesterday revealed plans for $17.1 million in cosmetic and traffic improvements that will cover a three-quarter-mile stretch between JFK Plaza and Eakins Oval.
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A mix of state, local and foundation funding was assembled for the project. The city has promised $6.4 million, and the state will pay $6.45 million from transportation and recreational funds. The Pew Charitable Trusts has committed $2 million, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation $1.25 million, and the William Penn Foundation $1 million.
Officials also announced a public-private partnership yesterday to finance the $2.15 million construction of Hawthorne Park at 12th and Catharine Streets in South Philadelphia, where a high-rise public-housing complex once stood. The central focus of the park will be an amphitheater.
Read the full article Parkway Improvements to Include Park Updates on the Philadelphia Inquirer's Web site.