Julian Abele Park

Julian Abele Park, located at 22nd Street between Montrose and Carpenter Streets, is named after the prominent Philadelphia architect Julian Abele (1881-1950); chief designer in the prominent Philadelphia architectural firm of Horace Trumbauer. For his undergraduate studies he attended what is now Cheyney University, and went on to became the first black graduate of the University of Pennsylvania' ? Department of Architecture. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the iconic buildings for which he was most likely the primary designer, as well as much of the Duke University campus. Julian Abele lived in South Philadelphia at several addresses in the vicinity of what is now Julian Abele Park.

Julian Abele Park became the first new Philadelphia public park in over a decade when it was opened in 2008. Thanks to a generous grant from The PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in 2012-2013, the park was regraded; paver pathways installed; a water source was added, and sod was planted in the central area. In 2013, the Philadelphia Water Department, as part of their stormwater remediation program, replaced all the sidewalks around the park, planted trees in the tree pits on 22nd and Carpenter Streets, and created runoff reservoirs underneath the trees to help keep them watered. Additionally, the Pa Horticultural Society and Parks & Recreation planted interior trees, shrubs, and perennials.

 The Friends of Julian Abele Park commissioned local artist Christopher Wheeler to create, fabricate, and install the beautiful perimeter fence and gate. The design was inspired by Mr Abele's design of Duke University Chapel [depicted in the mural at the rear of the park]. After a grand re-opening of the park in May 2013, we went on to win a 2013 PHS Community Greening Award.??From its inception, Julian Abele Park was planned to be a passive recreational park for families and individuals to come and enjoy greenspace; read a book; socialize with neighbors, and listen to public performances. To that end, The Friends of Julian Abele Park have sponsored a weekly Farmer' Market (currently Tuesdays 2-7 PM through early September 2015). We help sponsor events such as the Southwest Center City Run and National Night Out with SOSNA (this year scheduled for Tuesday August 4th).?

We need help from you to continue to make improvements to the Park. For 2015-2016 we are planning to add bike racks along 22nd Street. We have a quote to replace the existing lighting in the park with energy saving LED fixtures and we also hope to replace plant materials that have died over the past several years.

As of April, 2015, the Friends of Julian Abele Park is a registered 501(c)3 organization, so that or all of your donation may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor.

You may send us a contribution:

Friends of Julian Abele Park

PO Box 3289

Philadelphia PA 19146

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Thank you and see you in the Park!



Ribbon Cutting May 2013