Work begins on Sister Cities Park renovation

    Ground was broken today at Sister Cities Park, where the next year will bring renovations and improvements to the space that honors Philadelphia’s relationships with Tel Aviv and Florence.

    Mayor Michael Nutter, Councilman Darrell Clarke and former Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell were on hand for the occasion, which is part of the nearly $21 million renovation of Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

    Funding comes from The Pew Charitable Trusts, the William Penn Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the State Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The project is also part of a lease from the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation.

    When all is said and done, the park will have a cafe, a new fountain and an educational garden.

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