By Ian Bush

FISHTOWN (CBS) — By next spring, a historic park along the waterfront in Fishtown will have a new look, courtesy a half-million dollar public-private renovation. Schoolkids joined Mayor Kenney and other officials today for the groundbreaking and a special blessing.

Penn Treaty Park is sacred ground for the Lenape American Indian tribe, said ‘Smiling Thunderbear,’ John Norwood.

“Always respect the land upon which you walk, because it’s a gift.”

It’s said to be the place where William Penn signed a peace deal with the Lenape.

These days, Penn Treaty Park, next to Sugar House Casino, would be made for Instagram, with its riverbank path and view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. But it certainly could use some TLC — not to mention playground equipment for Adaire School 5th grader Leah.

“I’d jump around. Do gymnastics on a lot of things,” Adaire said.

Friends of Penn Treaty Park president AJ Thompson said the money for it comes from the city, state, and PECO.

“We’re going to have a destination playground not unlike Franklin Square.”

He said it’s going to serve as multiple purposes.

“It’s more of a place where anybody from the city can come and enjoy strolling along the river. It’s going to educate but also inspire them.”