Walnut Hill: Community Rebuilds Park From The Ground Up

Walnut Hill: Community Rebuilds Park From The Ground Up

Community members in Walnut Hill gathered in a collaborative effort with the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation and the Enterprise Center to rebuild the Walnut Hill Park creating a safe and relaxing space for children and families.   An ongoing project since 2007, Walnut Hill Community Association and the Enterprise Center Partnerships Manager Lorna Peterson, went […]

 

Spruce Hill: Uhuru’s Flea Market Coordinator Inspires Young Africans To Make Change

Spruce Hill: Uhuru’s Flea Market Coordinator Inspires Young Africans To Make Change

Tiffany Murphy, a native of West Philadelphia, fell in love with community organization and civic engagement during her childhood. Years later, she is now the coordinator for the Uhuru Flea Market and the upcoming One Africa, One Nation Uhuru Book Fair Market that institutionalizes and develops programs to defend the human and civil rights of people […]

 

Loft District: Creating Green Space on The Old Rail Line.

Loft District: Creating Green Space on The Old Rail Line.

Sarah McEneaney is a painter in the Loft District who began the Reading Viaduct Project in 2003 along with John Struble, a woodworker who also lives in the neighborhood. The project merged with Friends of the Rail Park in October 2013 and they now work together to push for a continuous, three-mile, linear park and recreational […]

 

Fairmount: Philadelphia Sports Network Aims To Unite The Community

Fairmount: Philadelphia Sports Network Aims To Unite The Community

Nestled in a sea of row homes, Clemente Park and Playground is usually booming with kids of all ages enjoying after-school activities. Named after legendary baseball player Roberto Clemente, the park is a safe place for people to get away from hustle and bustle of the big city. Once seen as an eyesore to the […]

 By Dominique T. Johnson and Alexis Sachdev

Olney: Fisher Park, Olney’s Safe Haven

Olney: Fisher Park, Olney’s Safe Haven

Originally part of Joseph Fox’s estate, Fisher Park extends from Olney Ave. to Cheltenham Ave. and Fern Rock to Tabor. The park was a gift to the city of Philadelphia by industrialist Joseph Wharton in December 1908. The park, named for Wharton’s mother, Deborah Fisher Wharton, is currently bounded on the west by SEPTA regional […]

 By Christine Mattson and Aaron Stevens

Chestnut Hill: Nature in Unexpected Places

Chestnut Hill: Nature in Unexpected Places

A cool breeze caresses you as you walk through a tree-lined path. The sounds of birds, cicadas and the flow of water are the only sounds able to be heard. No one would ever imagine being enveloped by nature and only be 30 minutes outside of Center City Philadelphia. A hidden gem like the Wissahickon […]

 By Autumn Kelly, Jillian Mallon and Priscilla Ward

Spring Garden: After-School Program Helps Engage Community Youth

Spring Garden: After-School Program Helps Engage Community Youth

[vimeo 60915303] Nestled in the 1800 block of Wallace Street is the vividly colored Roberto Clemente Park and Playground. Inside the park residents have access to a basketball court, a grassy field, a jungle gym and a recreation center. However, one of the most important resources the park offers is its free after-school program. “The hours […]

 By Shawn H. Kotzen and Niesha Miller

Hunting Park: The Food Trust Offers Residents Healthy Choice

Hunting Park: The Food Trust Offers Residents Healthy Choice

On a typical Saturday in Hunting Park, it’s much easier to satisfy one’s hunger with a cheesesteak, a piece of pizza or french fries than it is to find fresh fruits, organic vegetables, and homemade baked goods and preserves. However, for the second summer in a row, the farmers’ market on Old York Road in […]

 By Damon Fillman

Manayunk: A Rare Murder?

Manayunk: A Rare Murder?

Manayunk’s pristine, almost idyllic setting is a rare place for a suspicious death, which is why many residents were shocked after hearing about the death of Ellen Rae Greenberg. Greenberg, a 27-year-old teacher at Juniata Park Academy on 801 E. Hunting Park Ave., was discovered fatally stabbed in the chest at her Venice Loft Condominium […]