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! 

            August 16, 2018 | All the community swim spots will be shut down for the season by Aug. 24. Some have closed already. The first goodbyes were bid on Aug. 9 to neighborhood pools at Jacobs Playground and MLK Rec. At least one public pool has shut its doors every day since. They’ll all be closed by Friday, Aug. 24.

            August 16, 2018 | Looking for backpack giveaways and other help to get your student back to Philadelphia public schools August 27? There will be a backpack giveaway on Thursday, Aug. 23 at the Fox Chase Recreation Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

            August 9, 2018 | Mayor Jim Kenney’s ambitious Rebuild Philadelphia project to invest $500 million in Philly parks, libraries, and recreation centers, has been long held back due to a major legal battle over taxes. But this week, it took its first significant step forward.

           August 1, 2018 | Recreation centers Drexel, McDevitt,  Murphy, Palumbo, Marian Anderson and 48th & Woodland have made the top ten, based on Yelp user reviews.

            July 30, 2018 | In 2016, thousands of child advocates, early education experts, neighborhood leaders, parents, coaches, teachers, doctors, and other Philadelphians supported Mayor Kenney’s vision to invest in Philly’s future through the Philadelphia Beverage Tax (PBT). 

City Council worked with Mayor Kenney to pass the tax which builds equity in neighborhoods by focusing on programs that improve education, health, and quality-of-life.

           July 18, 2018 | This year West Philadelphia students have been studying jazz at Mill Creek Recreation Center, Martha Washington School, and Alain Locke Elementary School as a part of the Neighborhood Jazz Jams, a collaboration between The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Mill Creek Community Partnership, City of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, People’s Emergency Center (PEC), PEC Community Development Corporation, ACE After-School Program, Community Council Health Systems, and Alain Locke Elementary School.

           July 18, 2018 | Kids were climbing, swinging and jumping Thursday, on a brand new playground in North Philadelphia. It's at the Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center along North 22nd Street.
City Council President Darrell Clarke and other officials were there to celebrate the renovated space outside the center.

           July  10, 2018 | Every time it rains, the Hunting Park Recreation Center has to shut down activities because of a hole in the roof.  The “Rec” is a safe place where many children in the Hunting Park community in Philadelphia go to discover, expand, grow, relate, and mature. All that is taken away every time it rains. 

           City Hall Second Floor, northeast hallway and Fourth Floor by Council Chambers

            The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy hosts the 46th annual Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Spring Art Show, a culminating event organized by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR).  The exhibit features a selection of works by adults and students. 

            MAY 24, 2018 | The President of the Columbus Square Advisory Council and PRAC Board of Advisors Advocacy Committee Chair comments on the report's data suggesting strong parks volunteerism in Philadelphia.

            MAY 22, 2018 | The President of the Parkside-Evans Recreation Center Advisory Council speaks out against zoning development that could hurt her recreation center and community


            MAY 22, 2018 | Hear from a longtime Bridesburg Recreation Center Advisory Council member and former instructor about the sorely-needed repairs


            APRIL 12, 2018 | Advisory Council representatives from Sturgis Playground share their stories of the park improvement process


            SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 | Featuring Parks Alliance team members, PRAC representatives, and Recreation Advisory Council members from Sturgis Playground, Lawncrest Playground, and Waterloo Playground