May 20 2019 06:23 AM

The renovations are the first phase of its donation to Independence National Historical Park.

Photos courtesy of Brightview Landscapes

BrightView Landscapes, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. National Park Service have announced the re-opening of Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, marking the end of the first phase of the company’s in-kind donation to Independence National Historical Park.

Independence Mall has been closed since work began on the project March 25. BrightView crews made significant improvements to the landscape, including the replacement of nearly 100,000 square feet of damaged sod, as well as irrigation repair, tree care and improvements to gardens along the Mall’s perimeter.

“Independence Mall is one of the nation’s most important historical sites and a destination for both Philadelphia residents and visitors to our city,” says Andrew Masterman, BrightView president and CEO. “Our company is headquartered here, and it was our honor – in partnership with the National Park Service and our valued suppliers – to help bring the landscape back to what its designers intended more than a decade ago.”

INHP Superintendent Cynthia MacLeod says, “We are sincerely grateful to BrightView for this valuable in-kind donation. This landscaping project in front of Independence Hall – a World Heritage Site and the birthplace of our nation, will enhance the visits for our millions of visitors to enjoy all of the Park and make their connections with history. Independence Mall looks beautiful, and we are thrilled it will be showcased during all of our special events and other park festivities.”

With Independence Mall now re-opened to visitors, BrightView will begin work on the second phase of its donation to NPS: maintaining the Independence Mall landscape for the next year, free of charge.

Later this year, team members from BrightView operations throughout eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and northern Delaware will participate in volunteer days at INHP to ensure the landscape continues to look its best.