Developers OF FDR Park Velodrome To Resubmit Plans

 

The proposed velodrome would only cover 4 of the park's 358 acres, but opponents say that would set the wrong precedent. | Rendering: Sheward Partnership

The proposed velodrome would only cover 4 of the park’s 358 acres, but opponents say that would set the wrong precedent. | Rendering: Sheward Partnership

  • The developers hoping to build a velodrome over four acres of South Philadelphia’s FDR Park are undeterred by the Philadelphia Commission on Parks and Recreation’s failure to recommend the project to City Council, saying they will consider the commission’s concerns, alter the cycling track’s design, and restart the process because they feel so strongly about that location’s ability to attract sponsors. This is the third test for the four-year-old Open Land Protection Ordinance, says NewsWorks, yet the first time a group has opted for resubmission.”We want to re-engage the parks commission,” explains Project 250 CEO Phil Senechal, “because we know what their mission is, we know what they’re trying to do, and we think our goals are compatible. Obviously, we haven’t communicated it effectively enough.”
  • Meg Ferrigno, director of the Ahimsa House, “a community space focused on environmental sustainability and community mindfulness,” says West Philly Local, is a ttempting to raise some $80,000 to purchase the adjacent vacant lot of 5005 Cedar Avenue, where she, along with students from the nearby Samuel B. Huey School, and local residents have cultivated vegetables for years. The current owner secured the lot just before Ferrigno herself could purchase it on sheriff’s sale earlier this year.
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