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: Timberwolves Spoil Embiid's 76ers Return With 2OT Victory
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: 'It's Just Too Much.' Neighbors Remember 51-Year-Old Gunned Down In Poplar
“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: Caught On Camera: Fire Rips Through Vacant Bar In Penns Grove, New Jersey
All told the non-profit, The Trust for Public Land, plans on transforming 30 Philadelphia schoolyards and rec centers.