Rebuild Plans

Rebuild, an initiative addressing years of deferred maintenance and lack of investment, has identified Edgely as their top location from a list of many possible sites for a new stadium and turf field. 

Edgely is home base for over 10,000 people across multiple communities. The current multi-purpose field has fostered a multi-cultural and multi-generational community. The space houses multiple sports including: Ultimate Frisbee, cricket, disc golf, golf, mountain biking, and lacrosse. Edgely receives an estimated 100,000 unique visits from community members every year. Building in this location would be devastating to the existing communities who use this space.

Site Summary:
Edgely was selected due to being a cost‐effective site to build on, has readily available utilities, and few historic limitations.  There are no bus routes that go down Edgely Rd.

Pros:

  • Cost-effective
  • Readily available utilities

Cons:

  • Distance from Parkside Evans (1.3 miles)
  • Distance from schools (1.86 miles on average for 8 schools)
  • Displacement of active users
  • Access via public transit
  • Presence of Heritage trees
  • Property is already in great shape. Public money would not be spent towards revitalizing a neglected property the way other identified sites would.


Community Size: 100,000 visits per year

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Rebuild has identified other potential locations for this stadium

Rebuild has identified many other locations that this stadium can go. We believe they would be more suiting for the reasons mentioned on the Our Stance page. In short:

  • Unlike other sites, Edgely is not near any schools it plans to serve. 

  • Rebuild’s purpose is to repair and restore areas in need of rebuilding. Edgely is in great condition and is used regularly by thousands.

  • Philadelphia desperately needs to increase its recreational capacity and this plan actively decreases it.

  • Edgely plays a critical role in PADA’s expansive and diverse youth programming. Building a stadium on this location would effectively stop our youth programs.

 

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Site 1: George’s Hill

This was the original choice, given to the Parkside Evans rec center (in left of below).  It was deemed unfit due to the need to clear cut heritage trees and do intensive infill over a former .  The site across the street was deemed unfit due to cost (based on existing topography and utility challenges) and due to historic limitations, although the historic limitations are not obvious.  There are no existing routes that go by it.

Pros:

  • Proximity to Parkside Evans (0.7 miles)

  • Proximity to schools (1.38 miles on average for 8 schools)

  • Not already in regular use

Cons:

  • Cost

  • Presence of Heritage trees

  • Access via public transit

Community Size: 0 visits per

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Site 2: Ohio House

This second was deemed unfit due to engineering challenges (hydrology and utilities) and historic viewshed issues (proximity to the Ohio House, part of the Centennial Exposition).  The 38 goes right past it and a stop could be added for it.

Pros:

  • Proximity to Parkside Evans (0.8 miles)
  • Proximity to schools (1.25 miles on average for 8 schools)
  • Not already in regular use
  • Easily accessible via public transit

Cons:

  • Engineering challenges
  • Historic viewshed

Community Size: <200 visits per year

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Site 3: Sweetbriar

This site was deemed cost‐effective and having readily available utilities by Rebuild.  Yet it was ultimately deemed an unfit site to build on due to historic limitations which could prevent state historic approvals. It was described as “furthest from existing football leagues” despite being just as far as Edgely to the Parkside Evans field and much closer to surrounding schools on average.   Both the 38 and 40 routes have multiple stops nearby.

Pros:

  • Cost-effective
  • Readily available utilities
  • Proximity to schools (1.45 miles on average for 8 schools)
  • Not in regular use
  • Easily accessible via public transit

Cons:

  • Distance from Parkside Evans (1.3 miles)
  • Historic viewshed

Community Size: <300 visits per year

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