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Frankford Pause: A hot-pink park is coming to Frankford

Expected in Spring 2015, Frankford Pause: The Pink Park is the latest project in the Destination Frankford initiative.

Frankford Pause: A hot-pink park is coming to Frankford

Loops, layers, and cubes are the building blocks of this pop-up park. (via The Community Design Collaborative)
Loops, layers, and cubes are the building blocks of this pop-up park. (via The Community Design Collaborative)

If you’ve ever dreamed of a pop-up park trimmed in hot-pink neon lights, your dream is about to become a reality. Expected in Spring 2015, Frankford Pause: The Pink Park is the latest project in the Destination Frankford initiative.

Destination Frankford is an arts-based initiative that utilizes business marketing and “creative placemaking” in an effort to ultimately grow Frankford’s economy. As for the pink park’s role in this mission, Alexa Bosse, volunteer for the Community Design Collaborative and architect for the Franklin Pause project, said she hopes it draws people from all over the city to the area.

Frankford Pause, Bosse told Destination Frankford, isn’t “only for Frankford, but will create a destination where people can go and say, ‘Hey, this is a pretty cool neighborhood.’ ”

The Frankford Community Development Corporation (CDC) envisioned a functional community space and Bosse and her team have been able to bring that vision to life so far. The team responsible for this unique endeavor includes Bosse, architect Ari Miller, Bosse’s husband, and the project’s landscape architect, Andrew Allwine, architectural designer, Benjamin Cromie, planner and Robin Miller, and the lighting designer, according to the Community Design Collaborative website.

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Bosse recruited Robin Miller for the execution of the park’s intricate lighting elements. To emphasize its location — the park is situated next to the Margaret-Orthodox station (also known as the Arrott Transportation Center) on the Market-Frankford line — Frankford Pause’s neon pink lights will glow brighter as the noise from the train increases and fade as the train’s noise subsides. Light tricks aren’t the only aspect of this park inspired by the El. 

The name Frankford Pause, a nod to the park’s initial pop-up brevity, also lends itself as an ode to the inevitable pause anyone speaking near the El stop has to take as the train loudly approaches and departs. Further playing on the Margaret-Orthodox El stop, the park will be shaped like a megaphone. Loops in the park’s design resemble soundwaves emanating from the megaphone. 

“The train had the biggest impact,” Bosse says regarding the conception of Frankford Pause.

Along with sound-activated lighting, Frankford Pause will include a stage and expects to be a venue for seasonal concerts, outdoor movie showings, farmers markets, and art exhibits. There will also be a community garden maintained by Frankford CDC staff and local youth.

Destination Frankford’s other projects include a new, unified signage for the neighborhood expected to arrive this fall and various art galleries.

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