For two years, Columbus Square Park at 12th and Wharton streets has been slated for a redesign, and finally funding has been secured. The project received grant money from the William Penn Foundation, the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation, and the city. Construction will begin in 2017 to remake the park into a gathering space for a total cost of $2.8 million. According to Passyunk Post, the improvements to the park will include a redesigned patio area along 13th Street, refurbished surfacing for the dog park areas with anti-bacterial grass, shorter fences in certain areas, and new paths to connect all corners of the park. There are also plans to improve the rec center and open lawn space on the Reed Street side. With the redesign comes a renaming. Columbus Square Park will soon be referred to as Columbus Square.
· Funding secured for Columbus Square redesign, construction to start 2017 [Passyunk Post]