City Agrees To Increased Access, Educational Center In East Park Reservoir


Photo: Maria Pouchnikova, for City Paper

Katie Newsom Pastuszek is moving Outward Bound Philadelphia to East Park Reservoir | Maria Pouchnikova, City Paper

  • Last month, says City Paper, the City finally agreed to lease the East Park Reservior, a sprawling 43-acre wilderness last used in official capacity in the 1950s, to two groups: Audubon Pennsylvania, which will ensure the ecological stability of this important migratory stop for hundreds of East Coast bird species, and Outward Bound Philadelphia, which will move there from its cramped headquarters at the Sedgley Porter House. “On the southern shore of the reservoir, the groups [collectively, the East Park Leadership and Conservation Center (EPLCC)] plan to build a 16,000-square-foot ‘Discovery Center’ that will include wildlife-viewing areas, classrooms, and space for Outward Bound parties to prepare for their expeditions [through the reservoir site]. The $11 million building is slated for completion in 2016. Outdoors, the development will include hiking trails, observation decks, a canoe dock and a ropes course for Outward Bound’s physical-challenge activities.”
About the author

Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

Send a message!

Leave a Reply

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

Recent Posts
Fading Philadelphia Finds Sanctuary In <em>Sacred Lands</em>

Fading Philadelphia Finds Sanctuary In Sacred Lands

March 22, 2018  |  Vantage

Artist Drew Leshko traces the history of Fishtown through architectural miniatures in his new exhibition > more

In Sharswood, Effort To Save Dox Thrash House Gains Momentum

In Sharswood, Effort To Save Dox Thrash House Gains Momentum

March 20, 2018  |  News

As modern urban renewal continues to erase African-American history in North Philly, one group works against the odds to preserve a renowned Philadelphia artist's legacy. Starr Herr-Cardillo has the story > more

New 40th Street Trolley Portal Design Dull On Arrival

New 40th Street Trolley Portal Design Dull On Arrival

March 19, 2018  |  Vantage

University City District's beautification of the 40th Street Trolley Portal was high on concept, but appears to have fumbled on delivery. Contributor Ann de Forest has the full review > more

Confusion And Quibbling At Mayor's Preservation Task Force Meeting

Confusion And Quibbling At Mayor’s Preservation Task Force Meeting

March 15, 2018  |  News

Mayor Kenney's Historic Preservation Task Force convened today following the release of a draft of a summary of summaries on the state of preservation in Philadelphia. Logistical bickering and sticker activities ensued. Starr Herr-Cardillo reports > more

Remembering Philly's 1967 School Walkout & The Attack On Teen Activism

Remembering Philly’s 1967 School Walkout & The Attack On Teen Activism

March 13, 2018  |  Vantage

On the eve of the national student walkout honoring the victims of the Parkland shooting, Michael Bixler takes a look back at November 17, 1967 when teenage activists demonstrating for equal rights became the target of a violent police attack > more

Oscar's Tavern Still Parties Like It's 1972

Oscar’s Tavern Still Parties Like It’s 1972

March 12, 2018  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow saddles up to the bar at Oscar's Tavern where the spirit of "Old Philadelphia" is as effervescent as their lagers > more