Formed in 2009, the South Wilmington Planning Network (SWPN) is a collaborative partnership of residents and dozens of government, non-profit, and private agencies who work together to improve quality of life in the Southbridge neighborhood of Wilmington, Delaware.
Southbridge is an historic, African-American, working-class neighborhood of 1,300. The community struggles with environmental and health concerns, high unemployment and a poverty rate of 30% – nearly three times the state average.
Our initiatives are centered around:
- Built and Natural Environmental, Workforce, and Economic Development
- Health Care and Preventative Services
- Youth Development and Programs
HELP SAVE OUR COMMUNITY GARDEN!
Please consider signing a petition to help save our Southbridge community garden. You can read more about our petition and sign here.
Please also consider donating to our fund to raise enough money to match the developers offer and purchase the garden property here.
SOUTHBRIDGE YOUTH FARM STAND AND POPUP FARMERS MARKET
The Southbridge Youth Farm Stand and Popup Farmers Markets are a community-building effort that serve to increase access to fresh and organic produce for local residents.
BUILD YOUR OWN RAIN BARRELS!
Rain barrels help to elevate flooding in the area, control mosquito populations, and are cheap and easy to make.
BYWAY BUCKS ARE HERE!
The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway runs through Southbridge. “Byway Bucks” are coupons that offer discounts at participating stores along the route. Get your byway bucks here!
The City of Wilmington is updating its comprehensive plan, which will guide growth and development across the city. This is a year-long community-driven effort that will translate the vision, hopes, dreams, and priorities of our residents and community members into a tangible and realistic guide for the City over the next 10 years.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
A lot has been done both at the City level and grassroots level to improve quality of life in the city. The comprehensive plan is an opportunity to bring this work together and tackle the challenges that face the city today as well as develop a vision for tomorrow.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Your opinions and ideas will help shape this plan and create a unified vision for the future of Wilmington.
If you have a stake in Wilmington – whether you live here, work here, own a business, come to shop and eat, go to church or school – we want to hear from you. We will be organizing community events so you can share your insights and ideas to help shape the plan and vision for the future of the city.
As a first step you can fill out a short survey here and stay tuned for more opportunities to get involved with the Citywide Comprehensive Plan.
For more information:
- Call or email Gemma Tierney,
City of Wilmington Department of Planning and Development,
- Visit our website: www.wilmingtonde.gov
- Or follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/WilmingtonDEgov