“Fluidscape” Punctuates Seger Park Renovation

November 1, 2011 |  by  |  News  |  , , ,

Image: Nathan Howe

A multifaceted interactive fountain and splash pool–and icicle maker!–will be installed in phase 2 of the Seger Park renovation, which is to begin this spring. Seger, at 11th and Lombard, is a heavily used, mostly asphalt playground, dog run, and rec center. Kansas State University architecture professor Nathan Howe designed the fountain and was chosen from among 17 entrants in an international design competition run by the Friends of Seger Park.

The $225,000 fountain, says Bella Vista designer Jason Lempieri, a Friends of Seger Park board member who pushed for the forward design, is meant to accommodate children of all ages.

Howe’s “Fluidscape” can be activated most of the year. In winter it produces icicles and its serpentine form, says Lempieri, “will make a great snowball hideout.”

“The design,” he adds, “is urbane and contemporary, while enabling a playful and creative atmosphere for water play.”

In summer, children can activate the fountain with rain dance “steppers” and play in the splash pool. They can also sail boats in a trough that runs along the spine of the wall.

The design was presented to the public last night during the park’s Halloween celebration. Thus begins a fundraising campaign that organizers hope will be complete by Spring 2013.

About the author

Nathaniel Popkin is co-editor of the Hidden City Daily and author of three books of non-fiction, including the forthcoming Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City (Temple Press) and a novel, Lion and Leopard (The Head and the Hand Press). He is the senior writer of the film documentary "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment."



1 Comment


  1. Those benches look like they belong in a skate park.

Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
The Marvelous Multiple Occupations Of The Midtown II

The Marvelous Multiple Occupations Of The Midtown II

December 11, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

Last June, one of Center City's last classic diners, Midtown II at 11th and Sansom, closed its lunch counter for good. The high-profile property is now under development, although plans for the space remain elusive. The Shadow takes us behind the façade to reveal a lively list of tenants and a colorful history of reuse > more

Secrets! Romance! Scandal! The Hush-Hush Love Of Philly's Paint King And His Irish Lass

Secrets! Romance! Scandal! The Hush-Hush Love Of Philly’s Paint King And His Irish Lass

December 8, 2017  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. takes us to Old City where the flames of a secret affair scorched newspaper headlines in the early 1900s > more

Marc Lamont Hill Energizes Germantown Ave With New Bookstore Cafe

Marc Lamont Hill Energizes Germantown Ave With New Bookstore Cafe

December 6, 2017  |  Vantage

Academic, activist, and political commentator Marc Lamont Hill carries the tradition of the Black-owned bookstore into the 21st century with Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books. John Henry Scott has the details > more

Give $$$, Get a Cool Perk: 2017 Campaign

Give $$$, Get a Cool Perk: 2017 Campaign

December 4, 2017  |  Vantage

Hidden City's annual fund drive is in full swing on Generosity and we've got a brand new batch of perks celebrating Philadelphia available. Here's a look at this year's killer lineup > more

Three Historic Designation Removals Call Procedure Into Question

Three Historic Designation Removals Call Procedure Into Question

November 30, 2017  |  Vantage

Three historic properties on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places were abruptly stripped of legal protection last week. Contributor Starr Herr-Cardillo unpacks the details of each situation > more

Before Digital Sign Domination, A Giant Coffee Pot Reigned Supreme

Before Digital Sign Domination, A Giant Coffee Pot Reigned Supreme

November 29, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow pours us a steamy cup of Center City history with the story behind Ellis Coffee Company's ginormous percolator that once lorded over South 16th Street > more