SEPTA and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Plant 23 New Trees Along Sprague Street

The Sedgwick Station Neighborhood has gotten a real face lift this year. SEPTA has done a great job painting the E Mt Pleasant Ave Bridge, installing 2 attractive glass block shelters, adding a number of trees and replacing the overgrown hedges with new plantings.

The Sprague Street side of the Station has been transformed from a nearly tree less street to a tree lined street. As part of their Sedgwick Station landscaping work, SEPTA planted 8 new trees on the hill between Sprague Street and the outbound platform. In response to Sedgwick Station Neighbors’ request, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PP&R), with SEPTA approval, planted 12 trees between the curb and the sidewalk along the outbound platform and 3 trees along the Sprague Field fence.

SEPTA plans to replace the existing Sprague Field fence with a new fence and matching gate, further improving the appearance of our neighborhood. While SEPTA needs to reserve use of Sprague Field for access to the outbound tracks, they have indicated a desire to improve the field appearance. You may have noticed that they have regraded and reseeded the field after the construction activities this past summer. Hopefully we will see a new fence, gate and arborvitae along Sprague Field by next summer.

PennDOT’s E Mt Airy Bridge is our next challenge.

We will be contacting PennDOT soon to see what can be done to improve the appearance of the E Mt Airy Ave bridge in 2012.

Thanks to SEPTA, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, EMAN and Sedgwick Station Neighbor volunteers for all the beautification work in 2011. Let’s see what we can get done in 2012.

Kelly

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