Norris Square Park is a clean park compared to some of the other parks in Kensington that are littered drug paraphernalia with used syringes and other debris.
That’s because the Norris Square Neighborhood Project helps keep the park clean for children.
“We are cleaning the park today with a youth group from New Jersey,” said Cathy Cuadrado, a volunteer coordinator for Norris Square Neighborhood Project. “We are also planning to paint the park in three weeks.”
The Norris Square Neighborhood Project, started in 1973, is a Latino community-driven, bilingual learning center that offers innovative youth and community arts and media programs.
The organization is located at 2141 N. Howard St. in Kensington.
“Our goal is to educate youth and get them involved in gardening,” Cuadrado said. “We also enter our vegetable and flower gardens in competitions sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.”
The organization is geared towards low income Latino families. There are approximately 350 children are in the program.
The Norris Square Neighborhood Project also has an art program, which students from Kensington High School participate in.
“The program is great because it keeps children from getting into trouble and helps them get involved in their community,” Cuadrado said.
The Norris Square Neighborhood Project is currently enrolling children into its summer day camp program, which runs for six weeks and involves cultural exploration, gardening and camping. For more information, call (215) 634-2227.