Thanks to a lot of hard work by OARC volunteers, partners and staff, the seeds of change are spreading throughout the Northwest. We have worked hard to make West Oak Lane and other communities in the Northwest among Philadelphia's greenest communities: this means a community that's more livable, more attractive and more valuable.
Look around and you'll see over a thousand new trees throughout our neighborhoods, reclaimed green space, revitalized parks, and enhanced recreational facilities. Even our traffic islands sport a bit of green these days.
Using an industrial size street sweeper, we clean 10 miles of West Oak Lane streets on a daily basis. This area includes Ogontz Avenue and many of the connecting area streets. We work hard to keep our commercial corridors "green" and wholesome-looking, by routinely planting trees along major thoroughfares and at strategic intersections in Northwest Philadelphia. Over the years, we have planted and maintained hundreds of trees, even occasionally replacing old rotted trees with new ones.
OARC will collaborate with the City of Philadelphia Commerce Department and the Philadelphia Water Department to create a new, open green space at the corner of Stenton Avenue and Washington Lane. This Pedestrian Plaza project will complement the other planned improvements to Stenton Avenue, as well as help the City manage stormwater runoff.
Our Cleaning and Greening efforts keep our business districts neat and attractive for neighborhood residents who regularly travel these streets to buy goods and services.