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April 4, 2018: Join Us at Germantown United to Provide Input on Bringhurst Park Green Plans!
Bringhurst Park

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Bringhurst Park has been a community gathering spot for decades. Now, the space is getting a revamp to add some green and protect our local waterways. Residents and park users are invited to join us for a talk at the park on April 4 to exploring future designs. Invite friends on Facebook.


Thanks to our Green City, Clean Waters program, thousands of green tools like rain gardens and stormwater tree planters across the city soak up tens of millions of gallons of stormwater runoff each time we have a substantial storm.

Germantown is already home to a number of these projects, but many more green stormwater improvements are planned for the neighborhood in the coming years. Dozens of residents came out to learn about plans for these projects and provided input during our October 2017 open house at the Happy Hollow Recreation Center.

As part of ongoing efforts to involve residents in designing these planned green improvements, we are currently working with neighbors and others who use Bringhurst Park, located across the street from the John Wister Elementary School at Bringhurst and Wakefield, to revamp the space and add stormwater management features.

A meeting to discuss the project and collect feedback about possible improvements will be held at Germantown United Community Development Corporation, 5320 Germantown Ave., on Wednesday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Potential designs for a stormwater feature, like a rain garden 
  • Landscaping and planting palettes 
  • Additional features neighbors envision

Though in some ways informal, Bringhurst Park has been a community gathering place for decades. Residents use the space for growing flowers in raised beds, barbecuing, and enjoying the outdoors. By adding features to the park to protect local waterways, we at PWD are committing to maintaining the space along with neighbors who want to see the area revitalized.

We see Bringhurst Park as a space that is perfectly suited for both community gatherings and stormwater management. Similar projects, like the creation of new community space and rain garden in the Hestonville area of West Philadelphia, have been well-received by residents.

Germantown community members who want to learn more and get involved in improvements at Bringhurst should attend the April 4 meeting for a conversation and feedback session exploring future designs for Bringhurst Park.

As this project and others planned for the neighborhood continue and move to the engineering and design process, we will continue to hold meetings and make presentations so we can get feedback from the community.

See more projects coming to the area here .

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November 15: Storm Drain Marking Training + Germantown Green Tools Update in Vernon Park

Join the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford (TTF) Watershed Partnership for a free Storm Drain Marking training session. 

The Philadelphia Water Department will also have staff at the event providing a quick overview of Green City, Clean Waters green stormwater projects planned for the neighborhood.

Storm drain marking is very important not only to improve the health and vitality of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Creek and Germantown's two other watersheds (Schuylkill and Wissahickon) but for protecting the larger Delaware River watershed, which provides drinking water to over 15 million people in Philly and beyond. Help us make a difference in protecting our waterways: cleaner streets = cleaner creeks!

RSVP to: or call 215.744.1853

Free watershed storm drain marking kits are provided by the Philadelphia Water Department. You can request one for your block or learn more about signing up at this event!


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Busy Open House Kicks off Community Conversation about Germantown Green Tools
- October 6, 2017

Germantown GSI Open House
Germantown residents sign up for more information about upcoming meetings. PWD is seeking input on green projects.

If our Oct. 3 open house event at the Happy Hollow Recreation Center is any indication, Germantown residents are ready to get involved and provide input on a raft of Green City, Clean Waters projects planned for the neighborhood.   

Nearly 80 residents came out to learn about upcoming green stormwater management projects in their neighborhood and to talk with the Philadelphia Water Department planners and engineers designing them.

Special thanks to PWD’s partners at the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership for helping educate people about stormwater management, Councilwoman Cindy Bass and staff, and PowerCorps PHL for their participation in last night’s event.

If you missed the event, sign up for our Germantown contact list here so we can let you know about future meetings.

As part of Philadelphia’s long-term plan to manage stormwater, PWD is installing rain gardens, tree trenches, bumpouts, and basins around Germantown and in neighborhoods across Philly.


Hard surfaces like streets, roofs and parking lots that don’t soak up rain during storms are leading to stormwater-flooded areas and sewer overflows that harm local waterways. At sites all over the lower portion of the neighborhood, we’re in the process of designing green tools that will soak up the extra runoff and create new green spaces.

On top of protecting our water by soaking up hundreds of thousands of gallons of water during storm events, these tools will also beautify the neighborhood.

At the open house, residents explored maps showing planned green improvements. Click your part of the neighborhood to see a larger version:

Germantown Map
Note: as our engineers survey proposed sites, issues such as slope and underlying ground conditions may result in projects being removed from the plan or altered.


While these projects are in the early design stage and construction likely won’t start until 2019, we need community input—we want Germantown residents to help shape these projects. The planning and design phase (which we’re in) is the best time to get involved and express any concerns.

We want to know how you use your block, your parks, your sidewalks and other areas so we can build green tools that fit the neighborhood.

As we move forward, we’ll continue to host meetings about these projects and talk with neighbors about tree and plant options, construction and parking impacts, and more. We’re also keeping an eye on the historic buildings, roads, and trees that make Germantown so unique.

Once the projects are completed and soaking up stormwater, we’ll be looking for groups interested in using our Soak It Up Adoption mini-grants for trash and weeding maintenance to go along with regular inspections from our crews.    

Germantown is about to get greener, and local waterways will get cleaner—but we’ll need the support of residents like those who came out for the open house to make these investments the best they can be.

Thank you to everyone who came out last night and shared their thoughts!


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Questions? Want our staff to come to your group’s civic meeting and talk about planned projects? Get in touch with the neighborhood’s outreach contact, Hailey Stern.


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Photos: Happy Hollow Open House, Oct. 3 2017

Germantown Green Tools: Open House

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Want green upgrades for your home? Sign up for Rain Check and get a FREE rain barrel or discounted green tool:

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We work with young City residents (18-26) and train them for a career in green infrastructure at the Philadelphia Water Department through this 12-month program.

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Green City, Clean Waters Projects in Northwest Philly:


5 Down Celebration at Cliveden Park
Basin (Kemble Park 2)
Roxborough Paint Day  - 6/25/2017
Washington Lane Station Rain Garden
Washington Lane Station Rain Garden
Soak It Up! Adoption - Replanting Queen Lane Bumpouts


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