Update: Sister Cities Park Renovation is Moving Along

Since last May, Sister Cities Park, the easternmost patch of green space that makes up Logan Square, has been under construction. As we told you about back then, this renovation project is part of Mayor Nutter’s Green 2015 initiative as well as a part of a plan to spruce up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Site plan

With a design from DIGSAU architects, Pennoni Engineers and landscape architect Bryan Hanes, this re-imagined, kid-friendly park will include a pavilion with a cafe and community space, new greenery, a boat pond, new lighting, and a new fountain that pays tribute to Philadelphia’s ten sister cities.

Below are some renderings as well as photos of the progress to date. Is it us, or do the renderings for this new space have a similar feel to the plans for Dilworth Plaza?

The pavilion
The boat pond, from the perspective of the cafe
Interactive fountain!

And now for some photos, snapped just the other day:

The construction site, from the southeast
Closer look. Free library in the background
Looking north at the pavilion
Looking due east at the Basilica