Support Carpenter Green

Help create an urban oasis at 17th and Carpenter Streets the heart of the Graduate Hospital neighborhood.  The dollars you give today will help fund the completion of Carpenter Green and create green space for us to come together as a neighbors.

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  • $24,580Raised
  • $40,000Goal
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Updates

  • Update


    We're very excited to announce our official construction start date on July 16, 2018! Our builder's machines and crew are all set to begin regrading the site, installing all the concrete work (except perimeter sidewalks), and building the water spray feature to be completed by mid-August. In early Fall, we'll start next phase of installing lighting, park amenities (benches, trashcans, shed, etc) as well as all of the landscaping with a final anticipated completion date of October 1.
     
    It's been a long, arduous process to bring this public space to our neighborhood but worth every minute. We wouldn't have been able to do it without our supporters who donated money, neighbors helped us shovel snow and mow the forest, and the legacy of volunteers who have worked day in and out with the City and other stakeholders. Thank you for your patience in this process - we've been learning a lot along the way and we can't wait to relax and enjoy the park with you!

  • Update

    We've come a long way but the time is finally here! We're excited to announce that we have reached our fundraising goal for the completion of Carpenter Green Park: the not-so-distant future location of an urban oasis at 17th & Carpenter!

    Funds raised to complete the park will support:

    • the installation of walkways and hardscape areas
    • a sprayground water element
    • trees, plants, flowers and lawn areas
    • lighting, benches and other amenities

    We definitely could not have done this work without financial support from people like you and generous sponsors such as:

    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson
    • Senator Farnese
    • The Goldenberg Group
    • Bloktoberfest
    • Jonathan Stavin
    • Neighbors/donors
    • Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority
    • Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
    • American Heritage Credit Union
    • Lyft
    • Alterra Property Group
    • SOSNA

    If you haven't made a gift to the park but still would like to do so, here's the link: https://www.givinggrid.com/carpentergreen/. Additional funds will help cover our past expenses (mowing, shoveling, project manager and design fees), to ensure we have enough in case there any unexpected construction costs, and provides funds for future maintenance, planting, and programming.

    Stay tuned for updates on a ground breaking date early Summer 2018!

    Gratefully,

    Kevin Brown

    Chairman
    South of South Neighborhood Association
    1901 Christian Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19146

  • Update

    We've come a long way but the time is finally here! We're excited to announce that we have reached our fundraising goal for the completion of Carpenter Green Park: the not-so-distant future location of an urban oasis at 17th & Carpenter!

    Funds raised to complete the park will support:

    • the installation of walkways and hardscape areas
    • a sprayground water element
    • trees, plants, flowers and lawn areas
    • lighting, benches and other amenities

    We definitely could not have done this work without financial support from people like you and generous sponsors such as:

    • YOU
    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson
    • Senator Farnese
    • The Goldenberg Group
    • Bloktoberfest
    • Jonathan Stavin
    • Neighbors/donors
    • Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority
    • Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
    • American Heritage Credit Union
    • Lyft
    • Alterra Property Group
    • SOSNA

    If you haven't made a gift to the park but still would like to do so, here's the link: https://www.givinggrid.com/carpentergreen/. Additional funds will help cover our past expenses (mowing, shoveling, project manager and design fees), to ensure we have enough in case there any unexpected construction costs, and provides funds for future maintenance, planting, and programming.

    Stay tuned for updates on a ground breaking date early Summer 2018!

    Gratefully,

    Kevin Brown

    Chairman
    South of South Neighborhood Association
    1901 Christian Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19146

  • Update

    Carpenter Green is 100% Funded!

    We've come a long way but the time is finally here! We're excited to announce that we have reached our fundraising goal for the completion of Carpenter Green Park at 17th & Carpenter. We'll have announcement coming this Wednesday with more information about a ground-breaking celebration.

    In the meantime, join us at American Heritage Credit Union's Grand Opening Celebration on May 2 at 5:30p (2716 South St, CHOP Building), where they'll present to us a big check for Carpenter Green Park!

    A huge thanks to our sponsors:

    • YOU
    • Kenyatta Johnson
    • Senator Farnese
    • The Goldenberg Group
    • Blocktoberfest
    • Jonathan Stavin
    • Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority
    • Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
    • American Heritage Credit Union
    • Alterra Property Group
    • SOSNA

  • Update

    We'd like to cordially invite you to our first General Neighborhood Meeting of 2018 on February, 26th from 6-8p at Union Baptist Church (1910 Fitzwater, entrance on Martin Street).

    We will be talking about SOSNA's priorities for 2018 and how to get involved with the programming and projects. We're also hosting Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and Senator Farnese who will be presenting us with checks for Carpenter Green. And yes, we'll have a few updates about the park! We'd love for you to be present to hear all about it and help us thank the Councilman and Senator for their park contributions. 
     
    In honor of Black History Month and in an effort to connect newer neighbors with the amazing history here in our community, we are also inviting neighbors to share their favorite stories about growing up or living in our neighborhood. If you have a favorite story, please reach out to me so we can get you on the microphone!

    And if that's not enough to get you out Monday night - we've invited a local Girl Scout Troop to sell cookies so come early before they sell out! We want to have enough food and seats so please make sure to let us know if you can make it here

    We hope to see you on Monday!

  • Update

    We'd like to cordially invite you to our first General Neighborhood Meeting of 2018 on February, 26th from 6-8p at Union Baptist Church (1910 Fitzwater, entrance on Martin Street).

    We will be talking about SOSNA's priorities for 2018 and how to get involved with the programming and projects. We're also hosting Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and Senator Farnese who will be presenting us with checks for Carpenter Green. And yes, we'll have a few updates about the park! We'd love for you to be present to hear all about it and help us thank the Councilman and Senator for their park contributions. 

    In honor of Black History Month and in an effort to connect newer neighbors with the amazing history here in our community, we are also inviting neighbors to share their favorite stories about growing up or living in our neighborhood. If you have a favorite story, please reach out to me so we can get you on the microphone!

    And if that's not enough to get you out Monday night - we've invited a local Girl Scout Troop to sell cookies so come early before they sell out! We want to have enough food and seats so please make sure to let us know if you can make it here

    We hope to see you on Monday!

  • Update

    Hi Friends of Carpenter Green!

    We have been working tirelessly behind the scenes over the past few months, to get Carpenter Green in motion, and we think we are there! We just received an executed contract today for a $50,000 grant from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (thanks to Representative Jordan Harris's office)! We are so thrilled about this, because it puts us at the mark for our fundraising goal. We also received several other grants and generous monetary commitments, which have helped us get over the finish line. We went out for bid on the project this fall, and fingers crossed that we have a winning bidder. We are hoping to break ground soon (with the mild winter that we are having thus far) and have a true opening of the park with plantings in the spring!

    Stay tuned on this page for more updates.

    Thank you to all of you for your donations and interest. We are so excited about this project! We'll be sending another update soon with concrete next steps for the winter so you can follow along the with the process.


    Sincerely,
    SOSNA Board

    South of South Neighborhood Association
    www.southofsouth.org
    1901 Christian Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19146

Campaign Details


The South of South Neighborhood Association is a nonprofit whose goal to improve the lives of people in the Graduate Hospital Neighborhood. Everyday, SOSNA works with volunteers to beautify our neighborhood, clean our streets, support our public schools and partner with our local businesses to ensure that South of South is a safe, vibrant and desirable place to live for our 13,000 members.

With your generous support in Phase 1, we were able to clear a series of vacant and blighted lots into the foundation of a great green space. Phase 1 laid the groundwork and now we need your help to make the Carpenter Green final vision a reality.

Fundraising for Phase 2 will support:

  • the completion of walkways and remaining hardscape
  • a sprayground water element
  • trees, plants and other landscaping
  • lighting, benches and other amenities
  • a dog-friendly area for Graduate Hospital's four-legged residents

We cannot do this work without financial support from people like you. Your generous donation will go towards the creation of Carpenter Green - the neighborhood's newest park located at 17th and Carpenter Streets. Every cent donated will help us turn this vacant lot into a much-needed tree filled, urban oasis.

As a thanks for your generous support, you will receive the following gifts based on your donation level.

 

Acorn Sponsorship - $25.00

With your $25 donation, you will received a copy of Evergreens: A Neighborhood History, by Andrew Dalzell. Evergreens tells the narrative history of the neighborhood's development starting around William Penn's arrival in 1682 through the present. The book also features an inventory of the neighborhood's historic assets (existing and demolished), census data and the derivation of neighborhood street names.

Sapling Sponsorship - $50.00

Perfect for the beach or the market, the Carpenter Green Canvas Tote is a great way to show your support for the Graduate Hospital's newest green space. One side of the tote features Carpenter Green's logo, while the other side let's people know that "Green is the new Black."

Dogwood Sponsorship - $100

What's the only thing better than having a copy of Evergreens? Having an awesome Carpenter Green tote bag in which to carry it around! Be the envy of your block with this pair of Graduate Hospital accessories.

Sassafrass Sponsorship - $250

Make your mark on a permanent piece of Carpenter Green. A $250 donation will get you a brick paver ready for your custom text. Honor a loved one, thank a friend and let the whole neighborhood know that your family helped create Carpenter Green.**

Elm Sponsorship - $500

We call this one the trifecta. A generous $500 donation will get you a personalized brick paver, copy of Evergreens: A Neighborhood History and Carpenter Green Canvas Tote.**

Pine Sponsorship - $1,000

Ever wanted to own your on tree? Well, you can't own mother nature, but you can let the world know that your generous donation helped plant a tree in Carpenter Green with a tree plaque. Be the envy of every arborist and the hero of every overheated neighbor.**

Oak Sponsorship - $2,500

Trees, check. Grass, check. Shrubbery (ni, ni, ni!), check. Benches.....uh....um. Well, this is slightly embarrassing, but it seems that we are in arrears on places to place your rears. For your generous donation of $2500, you can make sure that we have plenty of seating in our park.**

Redwood Sponsorship - $5,000+

We've been working on building Carpenter Green since 2008. And we've got a lot of folks to thank. However, for a generous donation of $5,000, we are going to scream our thanks to you from the roof top in the form of a giant "Made Possible by" plaque. Whether you are an individual donor, family, foundation or business - leave your positive mark on the Graduate Hospital Neighborhood!

**Please note that engraved items will not be available for delivery until construction and installation of Carpenter Green. A certificate of purchase will be available immediately for gift-giving purposes.

 

About the organization

South of South Neighborhood Association
1901 Christian Street
Philadelphia , PA 19146
UNITED STATES

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