Venice Island Rec Center To Get Performing Arts Auditorium

The Philadelphia Water Department says the $45M Venice Island Recreation Center remake project is now accepting bids. The plans we found (involving engineer Jerry Snyder, the City of Philadelphia and its Capital Program Office)¬†are for the construction of a new recreation center, ¬†performing arts center and the installation of an underground water-storage tank; and the replacement of the playground, park, basketball court, hockey rink and 175 parking spots (the pool will stay the same). The project (a collaboration between the PWD, Parks & Recreation and the Manayunk Development Corporation) will include more than 25,000 square feet of landscaped green space, according to Construction will begin later this year and will most likely take a few years. It’s well-known that during rainstorms the Schuylkill becomes a bacteria cocktail of sewage and stormwater, so while we probably should be most excited for the new auditorium, we think the underground water tank here is the true “under” dog.