Philadelphia Recreation Advisory Councils in the News

News about and for our neighborhood Recreation Centers. A huge thank-you to all of the stakeholders and volunteers who work tirelessly to make our Recreation Centers a point of communal pride! 
 

  • Strawberry Mansion residents reimagine Mander Recreation Center and its Campus

    December 5, 2018 | On a recent Monday night at Mander Recreation Center, dozens of Strawberry Mansion residents gathered around tables, stacks of “dollar” bills in hand. Amid lively conversation, each community member began to shell out their money onto the table. 

    The residents were immersed in a game called Invest in Mander, and their currency was “Mander Bucks.” The goal of the game was to see what Strawberry Mansion residents most wanted to see and invest in at Mander Playground and Recreation Center.

  • 10 things to do at Parks & Rec locations for under $10

    November 28, 2018 | When it comes to activities in the city, sometimes things can get pricey. That’s why we created a list of 10 things you can do for under $10 at Parks & Rec locations this winter. Whether you’re looking to stay active in the cold or pick up a new hobby, there are options for everyone.

  • North Philly/Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood Litter Control Plan Community Meeting

    November 28, 2018; @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Live, work or play in the area of 33rd St. to Broad St. and Cecil B. Moore Ave. to Lehigh Ave? We want to work with you to prevent litter and beautify North Philadelphia/ Strawberry Mansion!

    Join the City and partners to help develop solutions to litter and illegal dumping in your neighborhood. The City will work with you to develop a Neighborhood Litter Control Plan. The plan will focus on illegal dumping, litter and household dumping, and beautification.

  • Wolf Administration Celebrates New State Funding for Renovation of McCreesh Recreation Center

    November 20, 2018 | The McCreesh Recreation Center, located in the Elmwood neighborhood of Philadelphia, was approved for a $200,000 grant from the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program (GTRP). The 5.3-acre site is the only recreation facility within a reasonable travel distance for many local residents and offers a skate park, large sports field, basketball courts, a playground, and multi-purpose building. It also hosts several after-school programs such as homework aid, a dance and gymnastics program, and a summer day camp.

    The project renovation includes a new roof, HVAC unit for heating and cooling, bathrooms, kitchen, interior paint, and interior and exterior LED lighting. The total project cost is approximately $240,000.

  • $97.9M for first Rebuild projects

    November 19, 2018 | The Kenney Administration will spend nearly $100 million on the first two rounds of projects tied to the half-billion dollar initiative to repair community spaces throughout Philadelphia.

    The taxpayer-funded project, Rebuilding Community Infrastructure, or Rebuild, will fund 13 projects for an estimated $97.9 million, said Rebuild spokesman David Gould in an email. The city also revealed further updates about start dates and community engagement plans.

  • Philadelphia announces second round of rebuild sites

    November 14, 2018 | The parks chosen for round 2 are Barrett Playground (Fern Rock), Kingsessing Recreation Center & Library, Lawncrest Recreation Center & Library, McPherson Square Library (Kensington) and Rivera Recreation Center (Fairhill). 

    These projects are expected to officially launch in March 2019.

  • Hunting Park: Community Members Discuss Solutions to Neighborhood’s High Heat

    November 5, 2018 | Hunting Park residents and city officials discussed heat-related issues and solutions at the “Beat the Heat” design workshop on Oct. 18 at Esperanza’s headquarters, located at 4261 N. Fifth St. 

    Esperanza is a nonprofit organization that aims to strengthen the Hispanic community in Hunting Park through education, economic development and advocacy.

  • Mural dedication: tribune to marie dedny, october 24, 5 p.m.

    October 19, 2018 | Mural Arts Philadelphia, City Council President Darrell Clarke, and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell are pleased to dedicate a new mural honoring Marie Dendy, an extraordinary neighborhood leader who devoted her life to improving her community.

    It is through her hard work that the Dendy Recreation Center was constructed and later renamed in her honor. 

  • Philly FOI adopt West Philadelphia rec center

    October 11, 2018 | The Mill Creek section of the city was the site of the infamous 2000 “Lex Street Massacre,” Philadelphia’s worst killing spree in modern history. It is in this area that the men of the Fruit of Islam (FOI) in the “West Squad” of Muhammad Mosque No. 12 decided to establish a community service project.

    According to squad member and assistant student secretary Rodney Muhammad, three years ago the squad approached Ms. Denise Cary, a rec specialist at the Mill Creek Recreation Center and asked her if the FOI could be of assistance and a bond was formed.  

  • 10 spooky Halloween events in Philly parks and rec centers

    October 9, 2018 | Our parks, playgrounds, and recreation centers are celebrating the spookiest month of the year with a variety of parades, hayrides, and other hauntingly fun events!

  • City officials detail renovations to Simpson playground

    September 27, 2018 | Residents at the Northwood Civic Association’s Sept. 18 meeting got a look at a $300,000 plan to overhaul the playground at Simpson Recreation Center.

    Seventh District Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez and representatives from Philadelphia Parks and Recreation presented designs for the project. Construction is expected to start in the spring, and the goal is to have the work completed by the summer, Quinones-Sanchez said.

  • Chestnut Hill Water Tower & Recreation Center Lecture

    Event on October 17, 2018 | Speaker Drew Brown of the Philadelphia Water Department will lead a lively discussion on the hidden history of the Chestnut Hill's beloved Water Tower Recreation Center complex. For many decades the complex has sustained the community as an important source of water, and also as one of the city's most active recreation areas.

  • Mantua: Despite Lack Of Funding, Miles Mack Recreation Center Continues On

    September 26, 2018 | Khadijah Muhammad, the on-site supervisor at the Miles Mack Recreation center, prepared about three dozen hot dogs for neighborhood children after school on Friday, Sept. 14. Every day, she makes lunch for children that come through the recreation center, located at 36th and Aspen streets.

  • Public Space Summit 2018: Saturday, october 27, 2018

    September 25, 2018 | The first ever Public Space Summit will gather and connect Recreation Advisory Councils, and Park and Library Friends groups from across Philadelphia for a day of inspirational, practical, and educational workshops and sessions. We’ll also announce a mini-grant opportunity for attendees to support new ideas/team ups. Registration is free.

  • Cephas secures $39,000 planning grant to revitalize the Tustin Recreation Center

    September 18, 2018 | State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today announced a $39,100 grant will jumpstart efforts to revitalize the Tustin Recreation Center and address its deteriorating conditions.

    The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funding to hire a consulting team to complete two assessment phases:

    • Phase 1: Consists of site and building analysis and program assessment.

    • Phase 2: Includes design alternatives, illustrative site plan alternatives, prepare cost estimates for proposed improvements, and propose phasing options for proposed improvements.