Cobbs Creek Park runs along the course of Cobbs Creek, which bounds West Philadelphia from Delaware County. Along 63rd Street, which becomes Cobbs Creek Parkway in the Cobbs Creek neighborhood, the park homes several recreation facilities including several basketball and tennis courts, playground facilities and the Laura Sims Skate House.
James Stone of nearby Landsdowne, Pa. uses the park often and said that he believes the park provides many benefits to himself and the community. “It’s clean and well-kept,” said Stone. “It’s an added benefit to have a park like this in our neighborhood so I like to take advantage of it and reap the benefits of having a park in our community.”
According to Judge Jimmie Moore, the CEO of the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center, the park sits on about 126 acres of land in the Cobbs Creek Watershed.
Moore also said that he believes the park is important because it stimulates interest in nature and allows for families and communities to come together recreationally. “It has a way of unifying communities, it has a way of strengthening families and it has a way of allowing young folks to begin appreciating the natural habitat.”
Despite this, Moore also said that he does not believe Cobbs Creek residents are adequately using the services of the park. “I think that has more to do with educating and developing programs that will drive more people into the park.”