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  • SMIP grant was awarded ($46,000) for the design of green stormwater retrofits to become the foundation for the playground’s transformation.

  • KellyGREEN Project website reimagined.

  • Grant funds for E.L.I. (Environmental Literacy and Innovation) in the meadow to includes weather stations, two air pollution monitors, internet integration with the school and a magnifying glass station located in the meadow!  

  • Garden program expands to include in-school instruction

  • 4th annual participation in City-Wide clean up on the Kelly site.


  • Formal Steering Committee and mission statement formulated.

  • Organizational strategy for capital campaign developed.

  • Partnership with Wissahickon Boys and Girls Club results in creation of a natural playspace using tree stumps and woodchips on the school grounds.

  • Pre-SMIP grant application submitted in consultation with School District and PWD.

  • GoFundMe Campaign created.2017:

  • KellyGREEN hires Asarum LandDesign Group to facilitate a year- long community engagement project to conclude with a SMIP (stormwater management improvement project) application to the Philadelphia Water Department. Community

  • Two faculty Workshops, one recess aides workshop, three community workshops,

  • Library-based playground design project with all grades

  • Back-to-school night presentation

  • Audubon meadow spring clean up activity with 4th & 5th graders.


  • Urban pocket meadow installed in school’s front lawn in partnership with LandHealth Institute.  Students and community members plant over 2000 native plant plugs in one day.

  • Volunteer “Meadow Minders” keep the meadow watered and weeded through summer

  • Garden program celebrates its 3rd year

  • Audubon begins offering lessons due to interest in the meadow


  • Philadelphia University Landscape Architecture Studios review with new ideas: Design a space that allows children and the community to “play, plant and perform”.

  • Restorative Justice Program of Mural Arts builds a garden shed, picnic tables and fence. Large community turn out to paint and decorate.

  • Grants received from Philadelphia Activities Fund, Whole Foods and Recyclebank.

  • Support from Friends of Wissahickon and Phila. U. leads to in-depth discussion with School District about how to move forward.

  • Gala fund raiser held with over 200 participants including both school families and community representatives.


  • Community Design Collaborative School Greening Design Charrette

  • Gardening program begins with after school club, supported by Arcadia University students and Penn State Master Gardener.

  • Penn State ProWellness grant supports a successful “Let’s Move” recess program

  • Broader outreach and conversations with community organizations


  • Hansberry Garden receives a planning grant from Community Design Collaborative.  KellyGREEN Project is born