The Lauriston Pocket Park is at the intersection of Lauriston and Vicaris Streets in the Wissahickon neighborhood. It is a city lot that borders Fairmount Park.
Over the years, illegal dumping, invasive trees/plants blocked the view and led to illegal drug activity. School children walking to Cook Wissahickon were finding used needles/syringes along Vicaris Street.
In Spring 2017, a small number of neighbors organized & worked together to clean it out. We received help from the Philadelphia Most Beautiful Committee. We also bought wood chips, soil, and native plants. Neighbors donated a bench and we planted native trees. We made a path through the lot for walkers, runners, and school children providing a safer route along that section of Vicaris St.
In Spring 2019, the park was added to the Roxborough Manayunk Conservancy.