There are many things in Cobbs Creek that are hidden gems, meaning they’re not well known to most people who do not live or visit the area.
1. Cheerleaders from West Philadelphia High School (above) use the Cobbs Creek Recreation center to practice. They will be competing in the Jam Fest/Jam Brands Cheer and Dance National Finals in Virginia Beach on May 3 and 4.
3. Cobbs Creek is easily accessible on the SEPTA Market-Frankford line. It is home to four subway stops: 52nd Street, 56th Street, 60th Street and 63rd Street.
4. Walnut Park Plaza, a residence for senior citizens, is a historic apartment hotel that was built in 1928. The nine-story brick building contains 224 residential units. In 2005, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
5. Newly renovated, the Laura Sims Skate House is open year-round. This indoor ice rink provides a free learn-to-skate program, in addition to public skating and an ice hockey league.
– Text and images by Joie’ Johnson-Walker and Chelsea Koerbler