Green Spaces Initiative


Arcadia Commons – Arcadia Commons was founded in the summer of 2013 by residents of East Kensington whose collective expertise in visual arts, design, architecture, arts education, community organizing, urban planning, sustainable building, and real estate provides Arcadia Commons the ingredients for success. We see our non-profit as the anchor organization that serves the community by providing affordable resources which will revitalize local business and industry and build a healthy local economy. To do this, Arcadia Commons intends to become a new model for partnership success between the City, a neighborhood group, and philanthropy to transform blighted vacant lots into urban agriculture and open space utilizing Philadelphia’s new Land Bank legislation. Map


Emerald Park – The Jewel of East Kensington, Emerald Park began with caring residents and a blight fighting initiative of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). In 1996, PHS cleared the land where nine houses were previously burned or condemned and transformed the space with neighbors planting shrubs, fruiting trees, grass, installing benches, tables, and a Mural through Mural Arts. Map


Emerald Street Community Farm – Emerald St Community Farm is a communal farming project started by a group of neighbors in the the Spring of 2008. The Farm is open every Monday, May – October 5-8PM. All are welcome! We grow communally and share in the harvest. We also have weekly kids activities: Cooking Classes, Kids Gardening and Craftivity Hour! Come on by to get your hands dirty, hang out and take home some delicious organic veggies! We are located on the Corner of Emerald St and Dauphin St in Philadelphia PA.


Frankford Avenue Garden – Since 2004, the Frankford Ave Garden has been a beautiful place to gather and learn for the residents of Kensington. There are no gates or fences, and ALL are welcome to come and enjoy the space from Dawn until Dusk any day, any season. The Garden sits on vacant Public Land and is maintained by The Friends of the Frankford Avenue Garden. We have regular work times (Sunday Morning and Tuesday Evening in season) which also serve as Group meetings. Map


Sergeant Garden – Sergeant & Emerald Sts. – Public park at the cross section of Sergeant and Emerald Streets.

Details Coming

Letterly Green

Hagert Street Park/Playground

Huntingdon & Emerald

NGT Garden – Corner of Sergeant & Jasper

Oakdale Garden  – House of Grace Garden