HomePublic Project Finalist: Panati Playground

The Excellence in GSI Awards Ceremony (May 23) is the region’s only award that celebrates and elevates green stormwater infrastructure projects and innovations, the triple bottom line (TPL) benefits of a nature-based approach to stormwater management, and the partners who bring these projects to life in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Buy tickets.


On behalf of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN), the GSI Partners will be recognizing excellence in GSI in the following categories: Public, Private, and Innovation. Winning applications will highlight the TPL (environmental, social, and economic) benefits of a green infrastructure approach to stormwater management. 

Congratulations Panati Playground. 


Panati Playground is a park redevelopment and expansion project led by Philadelphia Department of Public Property (DPP) and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR). As part of the project, DPP teamed with the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) to develop a comprehensive Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) plan to manage stormwater on and offsite, by disconnecting most of the park site from the combined sewer, as well as portions of the surrounding streets. The Allegheny West Foundation, community residents, and other partners also participated in the planning process.


Previously, Panati Playground consisted primarily of impervious surfaces, including an existing recreation center building, basketball courts, a playground in disrepair, and a few isolated trees placed in the playground area in small constrained tree pits. The project site had no existing stormwater management systems on-site; all storm runoff was collected through a series of inlets and piping that directly connected to the existing combined sewer in the adjacent streets.


Renovations were made to improve the playground layout, replace the existing play equipment, and to increase the public’s overall site utilization. The GSI incorporated onsite includes three rain gardens that are connected to a sub-surface slow release detention basin. Canopy trees were also planted to provide shade and offset urban heat island effects. Other site features include a new playground area, a new spray ground, outdoor exercise area, walking/exercise path, improved lighting, and expansive multi-purpose lawn area.


Since reopening, the playground has become an avenue for flexible open space and a safe location for community collaborative events, including festivals, outdoor concerts, movie nights, and voting stations.


To date, PPR and PWD are working together to oversee the successful operations and maintenance of this project.


Congratulations to the partners who made this project an example of the kind of nature-based approach to stormwater management that has made the Greater Philadelphia Area a leader in GSI. 


County: Philadelphia
Watershed: Delaware Direct
Planning/Design Team: Gilmore & Associates, Inc
Client: Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
Construction/Maintenance/Monitoring: Rockport Construction and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation


Join us on Thursday, May 23, along with the region’s industry professionals, local businesses, developers and property owners, government and non-profit institutions, decision-makers, and academics. It is the networking and celebration event for those in the GSI industry. Buy tickets. (SBN Members receive a discount on tickets.)