by Brianna Crandall — May 22, 2019 — The National Park Service and BrightView Holdings, a national commercial landscaping services company, just 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. The Mall is the site of numerous NPS special events and festivities for the important historic area.
Millions visit the Independence National Historical Park each year to see the Liberty Bell; Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were debated, adopted and signed; and the executive mansion in which Presidents George Washington and John Adams lived. Spanning over 55 acres, the park has over 20 buildings open to the public during the summer months.
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.
BrightView acknowledges its suppliers who also made significant contributions to the project:
- National Construction Rentals
- Sunbelt Rentals
- Clearview Nursery
- Feeney’s Nursery
- Laurel Valley Soils
- Delaware Valley Paving
- Aquarius Supply
- Rain Bird Corporation
- Center City Film & Video
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 the eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and northern Delaware will participate in volunteer days at INHP to ensure the landscape continues to look its best.
BrightView provides commercial landscaping services throughout the United States. Through its team of some 20,000 employees, BrightView provides services ranging from landscape maintenance and enhancements to tree care and landscape development for thousands of customers’ properties, including corporate and commercial properties, HOAs, public parks, hotels and resorts, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, educational institutions, restaurants and retail, and golf courses, among others. BrightView is the Official Field Consultant to Major League Baseball.