ParkStories: Voices

Welcome to the Philadelphia Parks Alliance’s ParkStories: Voices series. The stories in this series demonstrate the unique and powerful role of parks and recreation in the lives of people who live, work and visit in Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s parks and recreation centers are oases where young families learn about the environment, playgrounds for adults and children alike to make new friends, and spaces where neighbors work together to improve their community. As powerful champions for beautiful, accessible, safe and well-maintained parks and recreation in Philadelphia, the Parks Alliance monitors public policies, mobilizes community support, builds coalitions, leads campaigns and organizes constituents.  We hope that you’ll join our movement to protect and preserve these precious Philadelphia resources that have touched the lives of so many.

John DiStacscio, president of the Friends of Sedgley Woods.


Ali Raditich and family in Blue Bell Hill


Walter Marlin, Finley Recreation Center


Owen and Georgia Hight-Schickel, Ceci Schickel, Chestnut Hill Blue Lightning Soccer and the Wissahickon


ParkStories: Voices produced by Barbara Dundon

Barbara Dundon lives a couple of hundred feet from one of the many entrances to Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park.  She thinks of the park as her backyard. So it seemed only natural that she apply her listening and audio production skills to creating a series of podcasts for the Philadelphia Parks Alliance, an organization whose work she has come to deeply admire. As the former Executive Director of Need in Deed (NID), a nonprofit educational organization that provides training to teachers in guiding their students through year-long service-learning projects, she has come to appreciate how important storytelling is to conveying the power of an organization’s mission. Having recently stepped down from leadership of NID, Barbara is re-inventing herself as an independent audio producer – an avocation she has pursued for the past 4 years that she now intends to practice full time.  In 2008, she developed a portal for stories on the website of the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Chestnut Hill – audio vignettes about parishioners and their faith journeys. In 2010 she involved NID in StoryCorps’ National Day of Listening by producing a podcast series with Philadelphia public school students and their teachers. She is a member of AIR – Association for Independent Radio Producers – and of AIR’s Philadelphia Listening Group, radio producers who meet monthly to critique each other’s work.  You may contact Barbara directly: or check out her work at