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

“Aunt Cheryl” Believes Everyone is Family at Hank Gathers Rec Center

By Claire Sasko (written April, 2016) Walk through the front doors of the Hank Gathers Recreation Center on almost any given day, and you’ll hear deep belly laughs, lively chatter and the squeaking of sneakers on a basketball court. It’s a bustling building with hot-dog and pretzel stands, a friendly black-and-white cat and walls covered in posters of famous athletes–many of whom have walked through … Continue reading “Aunt Cheryl” Believes Everyone is Family at Hank Gathers Rec Center

A Peaceful Escape A Step Away

by Zuri Hoffman Not far from the bustle of City Avenue lies the remote and tranquil pathways of Cynwyd Heritage Trail. Extending about two miles long, the trail leads from Cynwyd Station to the Manayunk Bridge and beelines alongside entrances to local landmarks such as Bala Cynwyd Park, West Laurel Hill Cemetery, as well as Westminster Cemetery. Two separate paths shape Cynwyd’s Trail: Tan Path for low intensity … Continue reading A Peaceful Escape A Step Away