Nov 1st, 2021
The Centennial Parkside Community Development Corporation is proud to announce the completion of the TD Arbor Day Foundation Grant. The grant, generously supported by TD Bank for $20,000, focused on the area around the 1100 blocks of Sloan and Union streets and was designed to install rain gardens, trees, and hanging gardens as a proof concept that even on the smallest streets in Philadelphia meaningful environmental impacts can be achieved.
At completion, the CP-CDC team, led by Ryan Schumann and Asha-Le Davis installed rain capturing gardens equaling 628.5 Square Feet and planted 362 trees, bushes and shrubs. Annually, these gardens will capture an astounding 18,330 gallons of rainwater which will improve the quality of the Schuylkill River and scrub the air of 1,778 lbs. of Carbon and air pollutants.
With an average cost per household of just under $300.00, this is proof positive that even the smallest streets with the smallest gardens with a minimal budget can, when added up, make a huge impact to the health and vitality of West Philadelphians.