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    • City Councilman Mark Squilla, at Monday's Rebuild announcement. | Malcolm Burnley

Now that court has ruled, a resurgent Rebuild selects Harrowgate playground for rehab

In the background of a Monday press conference at Heitzman Playground in Harrowgate, where city officials announced another site for Mayor Jim Kenney’s Rebuild initiative, a slogan painted on the old…

    • kids play at lanier

Grays Ferry's long-closed Lanier Playground reopens, with new hope and new purpose

Located in the heart of Grays Ferry, Lanier Playground had been closed since 2005, but memories of when it brimmed with activity stayed alive in longtime neighborhood residents. You’d hear stories…

    • Rendering of a closed Parkway block for The Oval+ 2018 | PORT Urbanism
Eyes on the Street

In Common: The Oval stretches car-free play onto the Parkway this summer

Our series about Philly's changing public spaces continues with a trip on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Ashley Hahn checks in on The Oval, a summertime experience geared at making the Parkway…

    • Julien Carrasquillo (right) is a 28-year-old leader trainee at Rivera Rec Center in Fairhill.

Attracting a younger generation of recreation leaders for the city

Each year, it takes an army of seasonal employees at Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to make the summer a little more hospitable. By the time public schools close in June, the…

    • LOVE in reverse / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
Eyes on the Street

In Common: Finding a new LOVE

First up in a series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn heads to LOVE Park looking for love and finds plenty. Hear what Philadelphians using the park think about Center…

    • The plan recommends giving away lidded recycling bins to prevent trash flying on windy days

Pathway to greener pastures: Philadelphia presents plan for a litter-free city by 2035

It may be hard to imagine, but if Philadelphia succeeds in implementing its new and comprehensive Zero Waste and Litter Plan, the city’s infamous nickname Filthadelphia may be completely obsolete in…

    • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney welcomes news that the William Penn Foundation will commit up to $100 million to his Rebuild initiative, November 2016. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Rebuild begins soliciting nonprofits to oversee rehab construction of city’s libraries, parks and rec centers

Mayor Jim Kenney’s Rebuild initiative released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Tuesday, seeking nonprofits with considerable construction experience and neighborhood connections to help manage the 150-200 rehabilitation projects planned for the…

    • Play Streets are active from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Play Streets, the Parks and Rec program that tells Philly kids: “Go run around in the middle of the road”

When the sign is up, children can cross the street without looking both ways. The usual sounds of rumbling engines and car tires treading over pavement are gone, because there are…

    • Rendering of Oval+ from above | port

Plus ça change: Once again, the Oval+ temporarily puts the 'park' in the Ben Franklin Parkway

From the Pope's visit and the NFL Draft, to lengthy construction projects and the rush of speeding traffic, it’s no surprise that the Benjamin Franklin Parkway can feel overwhelmed at times.…

    • A monument to Stephen Girard stands in front of Gentilhommiere, the country residence where the entrepreneur and philanthropist lived in the early 19th century. | Joel Wolfram

Long-awaited renovations begin as neighbors steer revitalization of historic Girard Estate park

On a Wednesday evening in May, the Friends of Stephen Girard Park gathered for their monthly meeting inside the historic farmhouse that stands improbably in the middle of the South Philadelphia…

    • Groundbreaking Centennial Commons at West Fairmount Park.

'Centennial Commons' partners break ground on new Parkside park project

The Parkside neighborhood celebrated the groundbreaking of the first phase of Fairmount Park Conservancy’s Centennial Commons project, an initial $4 million investment located between Parkside Avenue and the Centennial District…

    • Bartram's Mile: The plaza is where 56th Street meets the river. | Ashley Hahn / PlanPhilly
Eyes on the Street

Bartram’s Mile trail aims to connect Southwest Philly neighbors to river and city beyond

As the Schuylkill River Trail has grown southward from Center City along the eastern bank of the tidal Schuylkill, it’s gained a boardwalk, a crescent, two skate parks,…

    • Young men gather for an afternoon basketball game at Vare Recreation Center.  | Emma Lee/WHYY

Rebuild gets $100 million grant and sharpens focus on equity, economic opportunity

In a city of 1.5 million people, where’s our common ground? The most democratic places in cities can be those we share, the civic spaces that create points of interaction and…

    • Letitia House from Girard Avenue, 2016 | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Letitia House to become Centennial Parkside CDC’s headquarters

If you are like most Parkside’s residents, you might have wondered what a small two-and-a-half story brick house is doing on top of a hill, across Girard Avenue from the Philadelphia…

    • Waterloo Playground, October 2016

Waterloo Playground's revival takes off with Urban Roots / MTWB support

Community work is paying off at Waterloo Playground. The once-unsafe public space in West Kensington has seen a turnaround in recent years, and more change is in store. Last year, Waterloo…

    • Loudoun Mansion | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

Educational reuse being considered for Germantown's vacant Loudoun Mansion

Loudoun Mansion haunts Germantown Avenue, and not just because it’s popularly believed to be riddled with specters. A lightning bolt struck the city-owned mansion in 1993, setting it ablaze, and…

    • Soil testing day at 25th and Tasker garden | By Ali Marisa Photography

Free soil testing for city-owned gardens and lots through brownfields grant

About 20 community gardens on publicly-owned land could receive a free soil assessment from the City in the next two years, to find out if there are potential contaminants in the…

    • Street tree, rowhouses

Philly mapped street trees for smarter maintenance

Philadelphia has hundreds of thousands of trees, but it has never had a comprehensive inventory of its street trees—until now. Philadelphia Parks and Recreation now has a complete digital record of…

    • Lead muralist Brad Carney jumps in the air amidst interns and students painting 'Rhythm & Hues' at Eakins Oval. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks)
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: The Oval striking musical tone for 2016

Every year the parking lot in the middle of Eakins Oval is painted with a mural, setting the theme for the seasonal park space.  It’s had a touch of the shore…

    • Lee Cultural Center | Emma Lee / WHYY
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