“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
Demo Prep Begins For Gothic Revival Church In West Philly

Demo Prep Begins For Gothic Revival Church In West Philly

April 20, 2018  |  News

Christ Memorial Reformed Episcopal Church, a mountainous 131-year-old Gothic Revival landmark in West Philly, prepares for the end. Michael Bixler has the news > more

Ghosts Of The Abandoned Arch Street Subway Line

Ghosts Of The Abandoned Arch Street Subway Line

April 18, 2018  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. takes us into the abandoned subway tunnels below Arch Street with the history behind Philly's unfinished plans for a grand underground transit system > more

Unlisted Philadelphia: Tourison Building

Unlisted Philadelphia: Tourison Building

April 17, 2018  |  Unlisted Philadelphia

Ben Leech spotlights unique and significant buildings not listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places with his architectural illustration series, Unlisted Philadelphia. In this installment, an Art Deco delight fills the heart of Mount Airy > more

Old Iron Works In Logan Square To Face The Wrecking Ball

Old Iron Works In Logan Square To Face The Wrecking Ball

April 13, 2018  |  News

When the housing bubble burst and the recession hit in 2007, plans to convert Creswell Iron Works on Cherry Street into apartments tanked. The quaint collection of industrial buildings is now headed for demolition. Michael Bixler has the details > more

American Revolution Landmark To Be Auctioned Off At Sheriff Sale

American Revolution Landmark To Be Auctioned Off At Sheriff Sale

April 11, 2018  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia, News

Old stone home in Frankford with ties to the Declaration of Independence goes up for auction at a sherif sale in May. Harry K. has the news and history behind this threatened national landmark > more

Time Travel At Trader Joe's Reveals Tuxedos & Snazzy Shoes

Time Travel At Trader Joe’s Reveals Tuxedos & Snazzy Shoes

April 9, 2018  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow makes a run to Trader Joe's where fine footwear and totally awesome 1980s tuxedos kept things classy at 2121 Market Street > more