Cobbs Creek: Environmental Center Educates The Community And Works Alongside The Philadelphia Water Dept.

The Cobbs Creek Environmental Center is part of the Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River, one of many organizations in the area providing public education about the environment and our water supply.

“One of the problems we have in this part of the city is our system is very old,” said the center’s Wildlife Expert and City Director Tony Croasdale. “One of the big rain events, the sewage was actually released into the stream. So, the water department and the parks are doing a lot of effort to remediate that.”

According to, there are a total of 44,614 households in Cobbs Creek. Last year’s report from the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) states that an average of 87 gallons of water is used per day in each household.

Besides its efforts alongside the PWD to maintain a clean water supply, the environmental center also spreads knowledge of wildlife and provides a safe and peaceful place for people to come and enjoy it.

“There’s bird watching, there’s trail walks,” said Community Outreach and Civic Engagement Coordinator Alicia Burbage. “The community (also) expressed an interest in us re-establishing the urban garden.”

Cobbs Creek resident, James Hairston, said he enjoys the park’s atmosphere and thinks the center has a lot to offer the community.

“I usually ride motorcycles down here,” Hairston said. “Either ride motorcycles, walk the dog, or go fishing. The environmental center comes in handy because the school takes field trips down here every other day to learn more about the environment that kids should know.”

Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center can be found right on Cobbs Creek Parkway and is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

“We are here to serve the community in whatever capacity we can,” Burbage said.

-Text, images and video by Jasmine Sanders.


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