Erin Mooney, Publicist, Friends of the Wissahickon


Friends of the Wissahickon Hosts Valley Talk on Future of Fairmount Park

Valley Green Bank sponsors March 11 lecture with Harris Steinberg.

Philadelphia, PA—March 2014 The Friends of the Wissahickon is hosting a Valley Talk on March 11 at  Valley Green Inn on the future of Fairmount Park.

On Wednesday, March 11 at 6 p.m, Harris Steinberg, the executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University, will give a presentation on a new vision and action plan for Fairmount Park. The talk will give results from a study called “The New Fairmount Park, conducted by Penn Praxis, the applied research arm of the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Steinberg was the founding executive director of PennPraxis.

The study outlines the future of Fairmount Park, including the Wissahickon and creates a plan for ensuring that the unique park remains relevant in the 21st century. The study was conducted for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and was funded by the William Penn Foundation and produced in collaboration with the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

About Harris Steinberg:

He is the executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University and has an appointment as a distinguided teaching professor of architecture in Drexel’s Westpahl College. Prior to his appointment at Drexel, he was the founding executive director of PennPraxis, the applied research arm of the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania, where he serves as an adjunct associate professor of city and regional planning. Civic visioning is a hallmark of his work at PennPraxis and he lectures nationally and internationally on the role of civic engagement in city planning. His projects include the 2006-2007 award-winning A Civic Vision for the Central Delaware; 2008 Reimaging the Kimmel Center; the 2010 Green2015: An action plan to add 500 acres of new park space in Philadelphia; and the recent More Park, Less Way: An action plan to increase urban vibrancy on Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

This lecture is part of the popular lecture series, Valley Talks, sponsored by Valley Green Bank.

Valley Green Inn is located on Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Valley Park. Valley Talks are free and open to the public. There is a complimentary wine and cheese reception at the lectures.  Register for the lecture by contacting Sarah Marley at or 215-247-0417 x109, or visit Spaces are limited.

About the Sponsor:

Valley Green Bank, a locally-owned and operated Pennsylvania commercial bank, has two branches in Northwest Philadelphia located in Mt. Airy at 7226 Germantown Avenue and in Chestnut Hill at 23 W. Highland Avenue and a branch in South Philadelphia at Broad and Tasker streets. There are two commercial loan offices in Radnor and Center City. The bank offers a traditional mix of deposit accounts, including non-interest and interest-bearing checking accounts, savings, money market, and certificate of deposit accounts. It also offers customers individual retirement accounts. Valley Green Bank is a member of FDIC.

About Friends of the Wissahickon:

Founded in 1924, FOW is a 1,600-member nonprofit organization and works in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to restore historical park structures, eliminate invasive plant species, monitor watershed management issues, and restore trails throughout the Wissahickon Park. Follow FOW on Facebook and Twitter. For more information or to become a member, visit

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