Hunting Park: Renovations Bring New Possibilities to Neighborhood

Andy Andjur
Andy Andjur, 68, rests on a park bench after his routine walk in Hunting Park. A resident of 35 years, Andjur still likes the neighborhood.
Hafiz Haqq
Hafiz Haqq, 50, discussed how current revitilization projection in Hunting Park can help the community.

Residents are difficult to find outside in Hunting Park during the winter months.

Even right after school lets out, the athletic fields remain empty, and the enormous gazebo that acts as a focal point for the park is as deserted as it is large.

But some of those that do make it out to the 87-acre park see an opportunity for the whole neighborhood.

“In the summer, they usually play soccer all the time,” Hafiz Haqq said. “And that’s the ball field Ryan Howard came to a while ago, they’re playing there too.”

It could be difficult for a passer-by to ignore the garbage lying around and see the promise of a better neighborhood. But for Haqq, a resident of Hunting Park for six years, there is only possibility.

“I believe as they change here, this park, things will get better,” Haqq said.

Andy Andjur
Andy Andjur, 68, rested on a park bench after his routine walk in Hunting Park.

The same goes for 68-year-old Andy Andjur, who has been a resident of the Hunting Park area for 35 years and enjoys the same spot in the park everyday.

“[The park] is alright by me,” Andjur said, waiting to be picked up after his routine walk.  “I’ll go down that corner and play dominoes, go to work, then come here and relax and go home.”

The $5 million improvement to the parks baseball field is only part of a larger revitalization project.  The Fairmount Park Conservancy has partnered with the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation department in a $20 million project that has already created two playgrounds, a farmer’s market and a community garden. There will also be improvements to the football field and the addition better lighting for the park.


  1. Out of the five million dollar improvements to the baseball fields, how many jobs will be created for the Hunting Park resident. Over the years we have seen plenty of projects brought into our community for rehabilitation but majority of the jobs are outsourced. So how will this project be any different from the ones from the past? it is a wonderful project but majority of the jobs needs to come from within the community so there is a sense of pride of helping the community and its surroundings this pride will then carry on within the community ensuring the parks maintain its appearance throughout the years.

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