“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

Making a Philadelphian Acquaintance

by Olivia Ortiz You could say that I’m new to Philadelphia.  Four years living near the end of the Media/Elwyn Regional Rail line and boarding at least 20 flights to and from the Philadelphia International Airport doesn’t come close to cutting it when you don’t know which cross street is which. And yet Philadelphia is the first city I’ve ever come close to knowing. Lunches … Continue reading Making a Philadelphian Acquaintance

Public Pools Take it to the Next Level with Swim Philly

by Eric McGarity The City of Brotherly Love, with its 70 outdoor public pools, has some cool new updates hitting the public pool scene this summer. After the enormous success of last year’s Francisville Pop-Up Pool Project, thanks to help of the Knight Foundation, a North Philly public pool was decked out with palm trees, wooden chaise lounges, umbrellas, and other retro décor. The Parks and … Continue reading Public Pools Take it to the Next Level with Swim Philly

A Parks Alliance Intern Tells All

by Mathias Stangl-Riehle The Philadelphia Parks Alliance is a non-profit organization built around creating a citizens’ movement, which shapes public policies for Philadelphia parks and recreation centers—allowing for a more healthy, vibrant and sustainable city for all. Now that we got that short spiel down, let me tell you about my time with the Parks Alliance. Before my time here, the thought of interning consisted … Continue reading A Parks Alliance Intern Tells All

Philadelphia’s Soda Tax Proposal: Our Kids are Worth It

by Alexa Zizzi and Zuri Hoffman It’s a Saturday afternoon on one of the hottest days of the summer. Full of energy and short attention spans, most Philadelphia kids are on their summer break from school and are eagerly searching for outdoor activities to pass the time. While many suburban kids have the luxury of going to their local recreation center, that is not the case … Continue reading Philadelphia’s Soda Tax Proposal: Our Kids are Worth It