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
City Archives Opens New HQ In Northern Liberties

City Archives Opens New HQ In Northern Liberties

December 6, 2018  |  Buzz

New digs in NoLibs for the Philadelphia City Archives. Michael Bixler has the details > more

Give a Gift, Get a Gift: 2018 Fund Drive Perks Are Here

Give a Gift, Get a Gift: 2018 Fund Drive Perks Are Here

December 6, 2018  |  Uncategorized, Vantage

Our annual fund drive is in full swing and this year's perks are better than ever, so have a look. Not to mention: all donations will be matched dollar for dollar by NewsMatch! > more

Architecture Trips The Light Fantastic in <em>Philly After Dark</em>

Architecture Trips The Light Fantastic in Philly After Dark

December 4, 2018  |  News

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia shines a light on local architecture at night with their illuminating exhibition, "Philly After Dark." Greg Prichard has this review > more

#GivingNEWSDay Is Here!

#GivingNEWSDay Is Here!

November 27, 2018  |  News

Double your donation to Hidden City today and help us get to the next level of journalism > more

When The United Nations <em>Almost</em> Chose Philly For Its HQ

When The United Nations Almost Chose Philly For Its HQ

November 23, 2018  |  Last Light

With the news of Philly losing Amazon HQ2 to New York and D.C., Patrick Glennon takes us back to 1945 when the City nearly convinced the United Nations to built its headquarters in Fairmount Park > more

Waking The Quakers As Callowhill Stirs

Waking The Quakers As Callowhill Stirs

November 21, 2018  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. takes us inside an old Quaker meeting house at 6th and Noble that was leveled with the rest of East Callowhill during urban renewal. The industrial area is springing back to life after decades of desolation > more