During the August 3rd meeting of Conshohocken’s Borough Council, there was a presentation on two possible pocket parks being constructed along Fayette Street in the mid to upper avenues.
The presentation was given by Ray Sokolowski, executive director of operations for the borough, and involved property at Fritz Lodge at Fayette Street and East 8th Avenue and the Santander Bank property that is located between the bank and Conshohocken United Methodist Church along the western 600 block of Fayette Street.
The purpose of the two pocket parks would be to activate what is currently underutilized space and help draw people up Fayette Street.
Sokolowski shared that the members of Fritz Lodge have been very receptive to the concept of turning a portion of the lodge’s property into a pocket park. The borough would build and maintain the park and the agreement would cover 20 years. In the image at the top of the article, the rendering showing what this space could look like as a pocket park is shown on the left.
The grass area picture above to the right is part of the Santander Bank property that is owned by Julian Miraglia (in a trust). While pocket parks have been brought up in the past, Miraglia sparked the latest discussion when he mentioned the need during a recent meeting to discuss zoning along Fayette Street. The borough would build and maintain the park. This deal would be for 10 years. In the image at the top of the article, the rendering showing what this space could look like as a pocket park is shown on the right.
The two pocket parks are still in the conception stage and nothing is set in stone, but Sokolowski shared that all the conversations have been positive.
You can watch the presentation here (scroll at 22:41).
Images/Renderings: Borough of Conshohocken