City Parks Association

From Vacant Land to Open Space

An Evaluation of the New Kensington Neighborhood Open Space

Prepared by Fairmount Ventures, Inc. for The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Philadelphia Green

This is the second of several reports published from the Vacant Land Management Study conducted in the late 1990s in Philadelphia by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. This report examines the effectiveness and impact of a pilot program that has taken management of vacant land to the community level in a particular neighborhood. It highlights issues that PHS and its community-based organization partner encountered in setting up and operating a comprehensive program. As such, it offers lessons others can use in designing their own programs.

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