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 […]

 

Cobbs Creek: PAL Offers Fun, Safe Haven for Young People

[vimeo 93651238] The Police Athletic League, also known as the PAL, is a nonprofit organization known throughout the country for its variety of extracurricular activities for young people in the community. Police officers and community leaders at PAL create programming for the neighborhood, mostly with the purpose of keeping youths engaged and off of the […]

 

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 […]

 

Point Breeze and Grays Ferry: People to Know

Point Breeze and Grays Ferry: People to Know

Family, home, work and recreation are the building blocks of a strong community. A functional, healthy community needs dedicated leaders. Some leaders foster new businesses and encourage homeowners, while others provide a safe haven for youth and new immigrants. Meet the men and women working block-by-block to make Point Breeze and Grays Ferry better places […]

 By Niesha Miller and Shawn H. Kotzen

Hunting Park: Residents Hope to Take Back Neighborhood

Hunting Park: Residents Hope to Take Back Neighborhood

Residents on the 1300 block of Colwyn Street in Hunting Park suggest unity as a solution to the increase of drug activity and lack of after-school programs on their streets. Lorraine Evans has lived in Hunting Park for more than 15 years. She said she doesn’t believe the neighborhood has gotten safer. On some mornings, she’s […]

 By Kyle Gauss and Matthew Pitts

Francisville: Local Recreation Center Serves Community

Francisville: Local Recreation Center Serves Community

The recreation center in Francisville looks like a fairly standard playground at first glance. There’s a swing set, a basketball court and a play set shaped like a train. However, the center is more than that, as it brings the surrounding community together. Located at 737 Francis St., the center is free to the community […]