Cecil Street Gardens
Project Completed: March - October 2016
Site Location: Kingsessing, Philadelphia, PA
Client: Cecil Street Residents, John Heinz Wildlife Refuge, City of Philadelphia
Skills: AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign,
Project Team: Ryan Harris, Katie Miller, John Heinz Wildlife Refuge, Audubon PA
Cecil Street Gardens was a project extension of research conducted throughout the spring semester of 2016. That following summer, a classmate and I received an internship working with Student Conservation Association and John Heinz Wildlife Refuge to design a community garden and park which would provide residents a place to relax and escape and kids a place to gather, play and learn. Educational opportunities were a key feature of the design concept for the newly proposed gardens along with gathering locations for events and an open flow to the hardscape layout which allowed for easy traffic flow into the street for larger events. Throughout various community meetings and presentations, as well as a community survey which was delivered through efforts by hand and on social media, led to a comprehensive community driven design which was for the people of the neighborhood to benefit specifically. The project also sprung from the interest of John Heinz Wildlife Refuge to get out into the communities of Philadelphia and promote environmental education and remediation. Philadelphia University, along with John Heinz and Audubon Pennsylvania, the project turned into a real world project which is set to be started in the upcoming months as of March 2018.