Fox Chase: Pennypack Environmental Center Teaches Youth About Environmental Issues

Fox Chase: Pennypack Environmental Center Teaches Youth About Environmental Issues

The Pennypack Environmental Center is a city-owned and operated facility run by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. The center, located at 8600 Verree Rd., had its official opening in 1969 and is a subdivision of Pennypack Park. It was created with the purpose of educating community members about the environment. The Pennypack Environmental Center is about 110 acres, according to Stephen Barras, a […]

 

Northeast Philadelphia: NEPYA Pounding the Pavement to Benefit Youth Sports

Northeast Philadelphia: NEPYA Pounding the Pavement to Benefit Youth Sports

Philadelphia City Councilman-At-Large Dennis O’Brien was taught at a young age by his grandfather the inherent value of giving back to the community. Years later, O’Brien is doing just that with the Northeast Philadelphia Youth Alliance. The NEPYA is currently comprised of seven volunteer-based youth sports organizations in the Northeast. Before the NEPYA, these clubs […]

 

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, […]

 

Port Richmond: Friends of Campbell Square Bring Neighbors Together for Another Great Event

Port Richmond: Friends of Campbell Square Bring Neighbors Together for Another Great Event

In the past, Campbell Square Park was known as a gathering place for drug addicts. In 1989, Friends of Campbell Square formed to create a clean and safe environment for Port Richmond residents. “There was a lot of drug addicts here,” said the secretary of Friends of Campbell Square, Susan Ongirski. “Before there was drinking and […]

 By Kaitlyn Rocks and Jennifer Babu

Pennsport: Community Vision Becomes Reality at Manton Street Park

Pennsport: Community Vision Becomes Reality at Manton Street Park

On an unusually warm November afternoon, the 400 block of Manton Street was overflowing people. The crowd’s focus was Manton Street Park, a small pocket park toward the corner of Manton and 4th streets. In honor of the Fairmount Park Conservancy’s Love Your Park, Saturday, November 16 was the park’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. The ceremony included […]

 By Najee Clancy and Tyler Dougherty

Hunting Park: Clearing Out the Waste

Hunting Park: Clearing Out the Waste

Keeping an 87-acre park clean can be a laborious task. In Hunting Park, that job is left to Gerald Willis, an employee of Philadelphia’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Picking up the park’s trash for 23 years, Willis attested to its upkeep. “It can be a tough job at times. It gets dirty, believe me,” […]

 By Christine Fisher and Kara Savidge

Parkside: Fairmount Park Conservancy Collaborates on Centennial District Master Plan

Parkside: Fairmount Park Conservancy Collaborates on Centennial District Master Plan

The Fairmount Park Conservancy counts the Centennial District Master Plan among one of its featured projects. Set to be completed by 2026, the multi-organization plan aims to connect the cultural institutions and resources within the Centennial District, which extends from the west entrance of the Philadelphia Art Museum to the Mann Center for the Performing […]