Rejuvenated Fairhill Square Park by Cairone and Kaupp
This well-known North Philadelphia park has received a well-deserved renovation. The almost 3 acre Fairhill Square provides a valuable open space and passive recreational opportunity for a vast and diverse user group. Already serving as a venue for numerous community events, this urban park, complete with intersecting walkways, mature shade trees and a children’s playground area has been re-envisioned as an even greater resource for larger public events and festivals. Park entrances and intersecting walkways have been renovated and reduced accordingly to more pedestrian oriented proportions while providing seating opportunities through new site furniture. Additional security concerns have been addressed through the specification of a new and more efficient site lighting system. Complementing these renovations has been the addition of a large circular planter which serves as an organizing element as well as backdrop to a new raised performance stage complete with an overhead trellis feature. Atop the trellis is the restored sculpture by Rafael Ferrer titled “El Gran Teatro de la Luna”. This significant icon of public art in Philadelphia has become the unifying element of the park and the community and our office is honored to have worked on this project.