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

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

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

“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