Exciting News!

Future FDR Park Welcome Center receives $2M grant from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

by Melissa Romero on December 14, 2021

We are thrilled to receive a $2 million award from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP)! RACP is a Pennsylvania grant program that awarded more than $100 million to more than 40 organizations this year. This generous $2 million in funding will go to support the FDR Park Plan, specifically the future Welcome Center. 

The project will convert a historic stable and guardhouse at FDR Park into a public-facing welcome center. Features include: 

  • The 3,600-square-foot courtyard will be a one-stop shop for park users with restrooms, a staffed information center, and equipment rentals
  • The 4,000-square-foot stables will be restored into a café and 6,700-square-foot event space overlooking Pattison Lagoon. These include utilities, such as new water, wastewater, electric, and data lines.
  • The 5,500-square-foot guardhouse will be renovated into shared co-working space for community organizations that deliver park programming. 

The Welcome Center is part of the Gateway Phase of the implementation of the FDR Park Plan. The plan balances water, activity and nature to create a holistic park that meets the needs of its users and the environment. 

To learn more about the FDR Park Plan, please visit our project page. You can also take a virtual tour of the plan via our ArcGIS Storymap.

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