The West Park District Plan was adopted by PCPC on March 20, 2012.
ABOUT THE DISTRICT
The West Park District covers 6.86 square miles and has a total population of 43,354. The district’s boundaries were drawn to include West Fairmount Park, communities bordering the park, and neighborhoods located near City Avenue. The district performs dual roles in the city: it is a predominantly residential area, and its vast parkland is a major resource for recreation and open space. Major landmarks include the Philadelphia Zoo, St. Joseph’s University, and West Fairmount Park containing the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and the Please Touch Museum.
The West Park District is defined by its abundance of parkland. West Fairmount Park and Cobbs Creek Park sit prominently on either side of the district. City Avenue, the major thoroughfare and border with Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, stretches along the northern boundary creating an imposing physical barrier between the two counties. Neighborhoods are filled with housing of varying density and architecture, each with unique issues and strengths.
West Park has great potential for development that will be aided by key infrastructure investments, further development of the City Avenue corridor and Centennial District, new development around transit nodes, and proper land-use and zoning changes recommended in the West Park District Plan.
Image: Fairmount Park Conservancy
WP 64/72: Parkside Commons
In April of 2017, Fairmount Park Conservancy started construction on the first phase of its Centennial Commons project, which is designed to create a more welcoming public space along Parkside Avenue in West Fairmount Park. The new design will include innovative play spaces for kids and young people, seating and picnic areas, landscaping, a rain garden, and better access to the park for neighbors and visitors to nearby cultural institutions. The Conservancy has been working closely with the Parkside community to envision and implement this project is in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the William Penn Foundation and Philadelphia Water.
WP 45: Cynwyd Heritage Trail
The City of Philadelphia received Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI) funding from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission to investigate the creation of a path on three rail corridors in the City, including the Parkside Cynwyd Trail in West Philadelphia. The Trail is envisioned as "rail-with-trail" alongside a one-mile section of SEPTA's Cynwyd Line in West Philadelphia. The proposal would link Fairmount Park’s extensive shared-use path network and the existing two-mile Cynwyd Heritage Trail in Montgomery County. The City has applied to the State for grant funding for the design and engineering of this trail. The design and construction of this project could be completed within a 2 to 3 year time frame once funding is secured.
District Plans include a wide range of recommendations. Some can be acted upon quickly, while others require additional resources or policy changes, or further planning.