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Hunting Park: Community Leaders Working Tirelessly To End Stereotypes Surrounding The Community

Hunting Park: Community Leaders Working Tirelessly To End Stereotypes Surrounding The Community

Cracked sidewalk pavement, dilapidated housing and trash are common sights to new visitors to the Hunting Park section of North Philadelphia and leave an impression of a community that seems to be on down times. Hunting Park has struggled to combat the crime and drug epidemics that have surrounded the community. Recently, steps have been taken to […]

 

Hunting Park: Revitalization Project Helps Increase Public Safety

Hunting Park: Revitalization Project Helps Increase Public Safety

Walking through Hunting Park today, it’s hard to believe that not so long ago it was a much less desirable place to be. Underfunded, the park was largely in disarray and disuse until the Fairmount Park Conservancy launched the Hunting Park Revitalization Project in 2009. Prior to its renovation, the park was known to be […]

 

Hunting Park: Community Organizers Aim to Bring Healthy Food to the Park

Hunting Park: Community Organizers Aim to Bring Healthy Food to the Park

North Philadelphia and fresh produce don’t always go hand in hand. However, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Hunting Park United are teaming up to change that. As a part of their Hunting Park Revitalization Project, the groups are renovating an old concession stand in the park so that a local vendor can come in and sell […]

 By Christine Killion and Taylor Knight

Hunting Park: Repair of Lights Brightens Park

Hunting Park: Repair of Lights Brightens Park

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 […]

 By Christine Killion

Hunting Park: Residents Combat Neighborhood’s Reputation

Hunting Park: Residents Combat Neighborhood’s Reputation

Google Hunting Park. Count the articles on death, shootings, stabbings and assaults. Now count those that actually took place in the neighborhood. For over 30 years, Hunting Park residents have been fighting the neighorhood’s notorious reputation as “The Badlands.” an ambiguous section of North Philadelphia and the 25th Police District labeled as a hub of […]

 By Tim Hindin

Hunting Park: Football Field Groundbreaking Is Big Score In Revitalization

Hunting Park: Football Field Groundbreaking Is Big Score In Revitalization

The North Philly Aztecs football team has been a vital presence in Hunting Park since 1993, but the Aztecs haven’t played a home football game in 19 years because of the poor conditions at their field. However, the Aztecs will host a home game next season on a brand new, state of the art field […]

 By Shawn H. Kotzen

Hunting Park: Community Receives Makeover Courtesy of Local Business

Hunting Park: Community Receives Makeover Courtesy of Local Business

For the hundreds of Liberty Property Trust employees and vendors who descended upon Hunting Park with paintbrushes, tools, trash bags and hoes, the Bill Rouse Day of Caring is not about financial gain or public recognition. “It’s not only important for the company to give back,” said John Gatusso, regional director at Liberty Property Trust, “but for […]

 By Najee Clancy and Tyler Dougherty

Hunting Park: Community Groups Are ‘United’ for Park Restoration

Hunting Park: Community Groups Are ‘United’ for Park Restoration

For years, Hunting Park United has worked hard to restore Hunting Park and the surrounding community to its former glory. Before the park became a breeding ground for drugs and crime, it was a centerpiece in North Philadelphia for sports, music and family outings. Leroy Fisher, a resident of Hunting Park, first began his heavy […]

 By Najee Clancy and Tyler Dougherty

Hunting Park: New Lamp Posts Illuminate Park Streets

Hunting Park: New Lamp Posts Illuminate Park Streets

In line with the revitalization project for Hunting Park, new lights were installed along the streets on Monday afternoon. These light posts are designed to further illuminate the park during the evening hours, making it safer for young kids and community members to travel through the park on their way home. According to a recent […]

 By Amay Smith and Matthew Surden

Hunting Park: Community Programs Best Resource for Housing Projects

Hunting Park: Community Programs Best Resource for Housing Projects

Hunting Park is a neighborhood of diversity and change. It is one of the few working poor communities in the city, which means many residents are living on the edge of their means. A drive down the residential streets of Hunting Park will show long blocks of row homes with identical porches, roofs and patched […]