A Field of Their Own

by Alexa Zizzi and Zuri Hoffman | What appears to be an empty, open field alongside the Lonnie Young Recreation Center in East Germantown is actually home of the two-time Pop Warner Super Bowl Champions, the Northwest Raiders. Despite the lack of seating, parking, concessions and resources like lighting, bleachers, goal posts, etc., tons of families bring their lounge chairs, sunglasses and energy as they … Continue reading A Field of Their Own

An Overview of this Summer’s Pop-Up Programming

A look at how this year’s pop-up programming impacted local communities. | Cover photo credit: Parks on Tap | by Krisann Janowitz This year, Philadelphia has experienced pop-up programming all around the city like never before. Thanks to Philadelphia’s Parks & Recreation Department, many of this programming has occurred in our city’s vibrant parks and recreation centers with attractions like Parks on Tap, Swim Philly, and Movies in the … Continue reading An Overview of this Summer’s Pop-Up Programming

Albert Hicks: Rebuilding a Community Through Public Space

by Zuri Hoffman In South Philly, on any given summer day, you may hear the sound of hearty laughs and splashing water coming from Ridgeway Park pool. The small park would probably go unnoticed without its campers and local kids who swim there nearly every day. Well maintained by the community members, Ridgeway is a welcoming and scenic park. However, for many longtime residents like … Continue reading Albert Hicks: Rebuilding a Community Through Public Space

Philadelphia “Dead Space” Nomination: Exploring Graffiti Pier

by Zachary Roumaya Along the Delaware River in the Port Richmond section of North Philadelphia, Pier 18 stands unused and brightly covered in vast murals of street art and graffiti. A destination for street writers, local inhabitants, fishermen and hikers, the area has been lovingly dubbed as Graffiti Pier. According to this Philly Mag article, the property has been owned by rail service provider, Conrail, since the mid-1970s. The … Continue reading Philadelphia “Dead Space” Nomination: Exploring Graffiti Pier

Neighborhood Dinner for the Community of Towey Rec

by Alex Sanyal and Sara Reckahn The Towey Recreation Center, also known as the Towey Playground, was bustling on Thursday night as community members gathered for the second of a series of neighborhood dinners to discuss new programs and volunteer opportunities for the upcoming year. Evelina Bodón of the Towey Advisory Council and Executive Director of the Philadelphia Parks Alliance, George Matysik, opened the evening … Continue reading Neighborhood Dinner for the Community of Towey Rec

A Homegrown Leader: Sturgis Rec’s Jeff Hackett

by Alexa Zizzi About ten years ago, the city attempted to close down the Helen G. Sturgis playground and rec center in the East Oak Lane neighborhood of Philly—but Jeff Hackett wouldn’t let that happen. Not without a fight. As a West Oak Lane native, Hackett has dedicated the majority of his life to local community work. He has been a long-time volunteer in the Oak Lane … Continue reading A Homegrown Leader: Sturgis Rec’s Jeff Hackett

12 Hidden Gems in Philly’s Parks & Recreation

by George Matysik As a lifelong Philadelphian, I’m always thrilled to see the amazing public space revival we’ve had in Center City. Spruce Street Harbor, Sister Cities Park, Race Street Pier, and countless others have recently shown Philadelphians what can be possible with adequate investment in our public space. But I’ve always held a special affinity for those community spaces not grabbing the headlines. The “hidden gems” that are known by near neighbors … Continue reading 12 Hidden Gems in Philly’s Parks & Recreation