Hunting Park was lit a bit brighter this week. Because of the combined efforts of Hunting Park United and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, all but one of the large light systems in the park were repaired this week.
The first phase of the Hunting Park Revitalization Plan includes better lighting, as well as landscape maintenance and field renovations. Aspects of the second and third part of the plan have been completed, while light repairs have been ongoing.
Residents said that the repairs are a much-needed improvement from the past, but there is more to do in the future.
Robert Hapton is a resident who frequents park facilities. Hampton said that while there are lights along the streets of the park, they are not as bright as the large lights in need of repair.
“They need lights out here because during the nights, they practice around here,” Hampton said, gesturing to youth playing in the fields. “They are out here until eight o’clock.”
Wayne Alen, a resident and park user, agreed that while more lights must be added to fields, the lighting in the park has improved significantly.
“They still practice out here with no lights,” Alen explained. “It will still be a little dark, but think about the time there were no lights.”
“It’s brighter since they fixed the lights,” Alen said. “It’s safe looking. That’s the main thing. I’m happy about it.”