Center City District to rededicate park to honor landscape architect John F. Collins

Who: Paul R. Levy, President and CEO of the Center City District; John F. Collins Jr., speakers

What: Ceremony to rededicate Chestnut Park as John F. Collins Park, in honor of John F. Collins, who died in 2011, and is the pioneering landscape architect who transformed a former parking lot into a delightful urban oasis and also designed the beloved Three Bears Park in Society Hill as well as that neighborhood’s Greenways, and Schuylkill River Park on the western border of Center City.

Where: 1707 Chestnut Street, at the park recently restored by the Center City District with renovations, in keeping with the original design intent, led by KieranTimberlake and funded through the generosity of the William Penn Foundation.

When: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at 11:00 a.m.

Photo Opportunities: New signage will be unveiled designating one of the city’s most delightful urban spaces as John F. Collins Park. Additional panels will pay tribute to Collins’ multi-faceted career and many contributions and accomplishments as a landscape architect, devoted teacher, and person committed to providing job-training skills to disadvantaged individuals. 

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