How To: Start A Play Street

How To: Start A Play Street

On more than 500 streets in Philadelphia, neighbors roped off their street to traffic this past summer as a part of the Play Streets program. Then, the children came out to play. While this year’s program is currently winding down, it still may be a good idea to learn about the program, or to consider […]

 

How To: Have A Free Tree Planted

How To: Have A Free Tree Planted

TREE PHILLY Feeling a lack of green in your neighborhood? TreePhilly can fix that. Since former Mayor Michael Nutter’s Office of Sustainability set the goal for each neighborhood in Philadelphia to receive 30 percent tree canopy coverage, TreePhilly has planted more than 17,000 trees throughout the city. You have the option to get a tree planted […]

 

Bridesburg: John McBride, the Backbone to the Bridesburg Recreation Center

Bridesburg: John McBride, the Backbone to the Bridesburg Recreation Center

John McBride (above, left) is the supervisor of the Bridesburg Recreation Center. Born and raised in the city of Philadelphia and graduating from Temple University class of 1985, McBride has been working for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation for thirty-two years now. Although he’s been at the Bridesburg Rec center for just four years, he is certainly […]

 

Francisville: Nick Dobkowski Says Rec Center Offers More Than Fun and Games

Francisville: Nick Dobkowski Says Rec Center Offers More Than Fun and Games

For the past year, Nick Dobkowski has been using his master’s degree in urban studies from Eastern University – and previous experience at recreation centers like Clemente and Vare – to, as he said, “not improve but supplement the lives of the kids” in Francisville as supervisor of the neighborhood recreation center at 1737 Francis […]

 

Amateur Sports: Parks and Recreation Looking to Make the City a Better Place

Amateur Sports: Parks and Recreation Looking to Make the City a Better Place

Located at the intersection of S. 32nd and Dickenson streets in Grays Ferry sits Stinger Park. It has the appearance of many neighborhood parks throughout the city – old and worn from decades of use, with a touch of nostalgia. The park has the look and feel of an area that is in constant use. […]

 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 […]