Kingsessing: In Changing Neighborhood, ‘Play Terrains’ Project Opens Dialogue

Kingsessing: In Changing Neighborhood, ‘Play Terrains’ Project Opens Dialogue

Meghan Talarowski thinks play can bring anyone together. “There’s no race, there’s no economic status related to play,” Talarowski said. “Everybody plays. That’s what we do. It’s like a basic human nature.” Talarowski, a landscape architect, developed such a passion for play that she made it her career. Almost three years ago, she founded Studio […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Five Public Resources

Strawberry Mansion: Five Public Resources

Since the late 1880s, Strawberry Mansion has been a residential neighborhood. There are many row homes and people sitting and talking to one another on their front steps. In addition to residential spaces, Strawberry Mansion is home to public places that serve as helpful and beneficial resources for the community. Mander Recreation Center The children […]

 

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: Five Parks that Promote Community Bonding

Port Richmond: Five Parks that Promote Community Bonding

With a diversity of cultures scattered around Port Richmond, parks enable the community to come together. Neighbors can be found walking through the middle of a scenic Campbell Park, burning some energy off with the children at Frank Glavin Memorial Playground or playing fetch with their pets at Samuels Playground. People enjoy everything from a long strolls […]

 

Kensington: Friends of Hagert Street Playground Make a Difference

Kensington: Friends of Hagert Street Playground Make a Difference

Julius Rivera, one of the leaders of the Friends of Hagert Street Playground, has been passionate about cleaning up the park and making it a safe and enjoyable space for children to play since he moved to Kensington. When Rivera moved to Kensington about 12 years ago, he noticed the park was a spot for people to […]

 

Fishtown: Penn Treaty Master Plan Continues to Evolve

Fishtown: Penn Treaty Master Plan Continues to Evolve

On the bright sunny day of the 3rd Annual Fishtown Fishing Derby, AJ Thompson, president of the Friends of Penn Treaty Park, ran around the park, handing out fishing poles to kids who didn’t have their own and checking in on the entrants to measure the fish they had caught. Despite the busy schedule, Thompson, […]

 

Overbrook: Charles Papa Playground Takes New Security Measures

The small room inside Charles Papa Playground & Recreation Center is far from glamorous. Its cinderblock walls, rusted windows and cracked floors prove it hasn’t been renovated for quite some time. The overcrowded closets full of supplies and jam-packed walls full of art and posters implores for an extra room or two. But for the […]

 

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 Kirsten Stamn

Mayfair: Rebuilding a Playground and a Community

Mayfair: Rebuilding a Playground and a Community

  “A promise kept. That’s what this is.” Melinda Mulvenna, a co-chair for the Friends of Mayfair Memorial Playground, surveyed the playground that was furiously undergoing construction, with hundreds of volunteers milling around hauling mulch, assembling equipment and pushing wheelbarrows. The Mayfair Memorial Playground, which was to be completed in only a matter of hours, […]

 By Kean Maynard

Kensington: Community Organization Continues to Give Kensington a Makeover

Kensington: Community Organization Continues to Give Kensington a Makeover

Since the founding of the New Kensington Community Development Center in 1985, the Kensington community has seen many changes as a result of projects the organization was involved with. In recent years NKCDC has taken an aggressive approach to making the neighborhood look better. “We do everything from organizing street cleanings to turning abandoned factories […]