Ned Wolf Park Schist Wall


Phase II Wall before&after (1)

It was just announced that the Friends of Ned Wolf Park (“NWP,”SWC McCallum & Ellet Streets) have been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Fairmount Park Conservancy [www.fairmountparkconservancy.org].  For some time, Friends of NWP volunteers have been fundraising for the Terrace Wall Project.  This grant – plus your schist – could finally remove the rotting creote railroad ties surrounding the small plaza in the park (check out Sunday mornings with Tai Chi in this plaza.).  Within a few weeks, Fran Hammond and his crew from Morning Dew Stonework of North Wales will begin building new retaining walls made of both new and reclaimed Wissahickon Schist.   Even with this generous grant, there’s still a budget shortfall, but we’re hoping (we’re counting on) our Chestnut Hill and West Mt. Airy neighbors — in our Schist-laden community — to help close the gap.

Do you have some spare Schist lying about that you will donate to the cause?  We can reduce project costs and shrink the purchase of newly quarried schist if our neighbors can donate stone that is suitable for the new walls.  Specifically, Friends of NWP are hoping to receive (12″ or bigger) schist stones that are cool gray, still with some sparkle of Mica, and have been on top of the ground for a long while.  With all this, you may be thinking, “picky, picky, picky.”  Alas, it’s complicated…but please bear with us because we know you can do this!

Schist that has become warm gray or mossy green, and those buried in soil, may have become too soft or unstable for optimal use in new construction.  So, please take a look around your property (but not your local park, please) to see if there are some “under-employed” stones that can be put to excellent use within Ned Wolf Park.  Donated stones may be deposited in NWP on the gravel in front of the tool shed to the left of its doors.  Unfortunately, only if you have a large quantity of suitable stones, can we arrange for a pick up.  Contact Eric at emsternfels@msn.com, or call (215)248-5533.

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