In September 2020, Feet First Philly launched its first pedestrian enhancement mini-grant program. Over 35 community groups and organizations expressed interest, resulting in 31 applications. The project ideas varied enormously but confirmed to us that there is a lot of work that needs to be done to improve our pedestrian environment, from both safety and beauty perspectives.
In January 2021, a selection committee was formed with professionals and community members from across the city to help us select the top projects. The top seven applications were selected and awarded mini-grants ranging from $500 to $2000. The grants were awarded earlier this year and the projects are expected to be completed by September 2021. Read highlights and view a slideshow of the work some of our grant awardees are doing in their neighborhood.
Chew and Chelten CDC completed a mural painting on a newsstand. The work was performed by a local artist (Sarafina Harris), who did an excellent job.
Cobbs Creek Ambassador Program created 6 new ambassador groups and completed multiple clean-ups along Cobbs Creek Parkway. Collectively, the groups collected over 1.9 tons of garbage.
The Enterprise Center CDC will be creating mini-libraries outside the Blackwell Library to facilitate a more friendly pedestrian environment that will promote more engagement with the library and other resources they provide.
Centennial East Parkside CDC hosted a Black Men’s Conference during the weekend of Juneteenth, where they used the opportunity to survey neighbors about their walkability experience within the community. They collected data that will be helpful in addressing walkability and other issues in the neighborhood.
Kensington Neighborhood Association found a contractor to do major reconstruction of a severely damaged sidewalk along their neighborhood garden. This project seeks to improve accessibility to the garden with general pedestrian travels within the area.