by Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — An asphalt schoolyard at the Alexander Adaire School in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia (at Thompson and Palmer Streets), is being transformed into a green space.READ MORE: Drexel, Penn Join Growing List Of Philadelphia Area Colleges To Require Students Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19
Like many older Philadelphia schools, Adaire has impervious surfaces, including its rundown asphalt paving.
The $700,000 infrastructure project includes upgraded play equipment, and climate-smart trees and a rain garden to reduce storm-water runoff.
Schools Superintendent Dr. William Hite says that’s a bonus for students.READ MORE: 2 Killed When Tractor-Trailer Carrying Watermelons Crashes On New Jersey Turnpike
“This is not just a recreational space, but it’s a green space, and importantly, it’s a learning space,” Hite said.
The Philadelphia Water Department’s Jessica Brooks says the rain garden at Adaire is designed to handle up to 70,000 gallons of storm water, every time it rains up to an inch in Fishtown.
“And also to help protect the Delaware River from any of the runoff that may have made its way down there,” said Brooks.
City Managing Director Mike DiBerardinis says they hope to complete similar green projects at seven public schools and five recreation centers later this year.MORE NEWS: Radnor Residents Fight To Keep Schools' 'Raider' Name While Removing Native American Imagery
All told the non-profit, The Trust for Public Land, plans on transforming 30 Philadelphia schoolyards and rec centers.