SpArc Philadelphia is a recent recipient of funding from the Local Share Account, a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
Local Share Account funds are used for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community improvement, and public interest projects. The Wolf administration announced more than $5 million in funding for community projects in Philadelphia.
“These projects throughout Philadelphia will go a long way toward making the city a better place to live, work, and play,” said Acting Secretary Neil Weaver of the DCED. “From making critical infrastructure improvements, to enhancing community buildings and programs, to building playgrounds, these projects perfectly represent why the Local Share Account program is so important for our communities.”
Allocated funds for SpArc Philadelphia will be used to demolish a warehouse adjacent to the SpArc building in North Philadelphia, with plans to turn the area into a green space for outdoor programming and connection to the community.
“Our vision is an oasis where program participants can enjoy fresh air and outdoor activities and connect with our neighbors. We have many purposes for the space in mind, including cultural arts and theater programming open to the public, and occupational therapy sessions in partnership with Thomas Jefferson University,” said Laura Princiotta, CEO of SpArc Philadelphia.