Waterfront: Facelift Coming for Penn Treaty Park

Waterfront: Facelift Coming for Penn Treaty Park

Penn Treaty Park has a soggy secret. Parents who chase their children through the playground after a heavy dose of rain know all about it. “After a good day’s worth of rain, we know we’re going to be cleaning the mud off his sneakers later,” said Brooke Smith, shooting a motherly glance toward her son, […]

 

Sustainability: Five People Making Philly Greener

Sustainability: Five People Making Philly Greener

As Philadelphia makes strides to become one of the greenest cities in the country, these individuals are helping to propel the city further. Their efforts demonstrate that sustainability is not limited to only one focus and is just as much of a lifestyle as it is a movement. Tim Bennett Founder, Bennett Compost In 2009, […]

 

Northeast: Chalfont Playground Gets New Equipment, Safety Features

Northeast: Chalfont Playground Gets New Equipment, Safety Features

Chalfont Playground, 4300 Deerpath Lane,  held its ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday evening. The nearly $700,000 renovation project was planned and designed by the city’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Department of Public Property. Councilman Brian O’Neill, R-10th, provided majority funding for the renovations, which the community took part in. Murals highlighting Chalfont Playground activities were designed […]

 By Tiffany Goforth and Ryan McDonald

Northeast: 5k Promotes Healthy Lifestyle and New Tookany Creek Trail

Northeast: 5k Promotes Healthy Lifestyle and New Tookany Creek Trail

Saturday marked a continuation of a developing initiative, occurring all throughout the United States, of promoting healthier lifestyles. Residents of Northeast Philadelphia were invited to the inaugural Healthy Trails 5K run/walk in the Tookany/Tacony Creek Park to enjoy a fun-filled day with friends and community members. The run was used as a platform to mark the dedication […]

 By Coeli Danella and Gillian Francella

Overbrook: Neighborhood Rivalries Left on the Court

Overbrook: Neighborhood Rivalries Left on the Court

[vimeo 65152765] Neighborhood tensions between the three sub-communities of Hilltop, Wynnefield and Parkside are a part of life growing up in the Overbrook community. Where someone lives is where his or her identity is rooted. “They call it riding with their neighborhood,” Naim Bellinger, former police officer at Overbrook High School, said. “The kids hang […]

 By Gillian Francella

Overbrook: Teen Death Sets Back Struggle to Change Neighborhood Image

Overbrook: Teen Death Sets Back Struggle to Change Neighborhood Image

[vimeo 63675884] Tragedy struck the Tustin Recreation Center Thursday afternoon when 17-year-old Bernard Scott was caught in the crossfire of gunshots that erupted during a fight on 59th and Lancaster. Scott was an innocent bystander, police said. Scott staggered across the street to Little Caesars Pizzeria and was taken to Lenakenau Medical Center by  Antwain Gardener. The victim was later pronounced […]

 By Raymond Boyd and Steven Mitchell

Northeast: The Friends of Pennypack Park Strive to Protect Historic Landscape

Northeast: The Friends of Pennypack Park Strive to Protect Historic Landscape

[vimeo 62635748] The Friends of Pennypack Park work together to beautify the park and preserve it for the enjoyment of future generations. Despite having an eye on the future, there is a particular area of the park which carries great historical significance. The Pennypack Creek Bridge, also known as the Holmesburg Bridge, was named a historical landmark by […]

 By Monet S. Tucker and Shanise Redmon

Germantown: Teaming Up to Clean Up

Germantown: Teaming Up to Clean Up

Friends of Vernon Park has teamed up with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in an effort to maintain Vernon Park’s beautiful landscape. Members of AmeriCorps NCCC and volunteers from Friends of Vernon Park had no problem rolling up their sleeves and getting dirty for a good cause. They pulled up weeds, raked leaves, cleaned out gutters and […]