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Civita, San Diego could have been the usual storm water detention basin for a nearby land development with a cyclone fence surrounding it to keep it safe from people falling into it.  Instead, via a public-private partnership Civita Park was created as a neighborhood park.  It accommodates an occasional concert and weekend farmers market. 


We discovered this gem as past of the 2022 national American Planning Association conference held in San Diego California.  In Northampton Borough we are planning a pedestrian Delaware and Lehigh Heritage trail welcome center-rest stop at the northern entrance to our D&L Trail along the Lehigh River.  Our project will be just south of 21St Street in an existing off-street parking lot for the Canal Park and its gazebo. 


We will not replicate Civita Park in Northampton Borough, PA. However, we do plan on learning how to make our Rest Stop - Welcome Center a special place for the trail user and other Borough residents.  

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