BrightView Landscapes, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. National Park Service have announced plans to make significant improvements to the grounds of one of America’s most treasured and historic sites, Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia.
BrightView is donating landscape rehabilitation work to INHP, including the complete replacement of sod in the park’s most visited section, Block One of Independence Mall. Work was scheduled to begin March 25 and likely will continue until the end of April.
In addition to turf remediation, BrightView has committed to repair or replace the Block One irrigation system, provide arbor care for trees and make significant improvements to the gardens, beds and hardscape at the park. BrightView also has committed to maintain the Block One landscape for a full year at no cost to NPS.
“We are sincerely grateful to BrightView for this much needed in-kind donation. This landscaping project in front of Independence Hall – a World Heritage Site and the birthplace of our nation, will beautify the Park for our millions of visitors to enjoy as they move through the grounds and make their connections with history,” says Park Superintendent Cindy MacLeod. “We truly appreciate Independence Historical Trust for facilitating the relationship between INHP and BrightView.”
BrightView President and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Masterman says the company is honored to help.
“We’d like to thank the National Park Service for the privilege of working on this historic site and for helping to improve the experience for everyone visiting Independence National Historical Park,” says Masterman. “BrightView is a national company, but Philadelphia is our home. INHP is a source of pride for everyone living in this community and for those who travel here from around the world to experience the history of America’s independence.”
BrightView and Independence National Historical Park will host a ribbon cutting event for the new Block One landscape work later in the spring.