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    • Kids playing at Wister Playground | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Rebuild one step closer to final vote

City Council is making a habit of letting the clock run down to zero. On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the final passage of Philadelphia’s sweetened beverage tax, Mayor…

    • Paine's Park was designed with skateboarders in mind.

Rebuild's workforce diversity remains sticking point for Council

Two months ago, at the end of April, the entire body of City Council — all 17 members — huddled around the dais in City Hall’s Room 400 for a photo…

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Council seeking significant changes to legislation structuring Rebuild

Late Wednesday in City Council, the first public hearing devoted to legislation that would enable the Kenney administration’s plan to renovate parks, rec centers, and libraries, took center stage. The hearing on…

    • Isabel Slaughter, 8, paints a ceramic sculpture in Emily Coleman's ceramics class at Olney Rec Center. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

At Olney Rec, Rebuild stokes imagination about what a rec center can be

The playground at Olney Rec Center is bare bones. Its sprinkler, the site’s only water feature, backs up until liquid pools inside the building. When kids finish molding their clay-and-macaroni sculptures,…

    • Iris Brown and Tomasita Romero created Las Parcelas and another five gardens in the late 1980s | Emma Lee/WHYY

As Norris Square changes, Las Parcelas puts down new roots

On a recent Tuesday evening, Ana Montañez was weeding her garden plot at Las Parcelas, a landmark community garden located in West Kensington. She teaches kids how to grow food in…

    • 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,…

    • Germantown Boys & Girls Club

Public meeting on Germantown Boys and Girls Club aimed for consensus but tensions remain

Reverend Dr. Alyn Waller* made it clear from the onset where his allegiances stood. At hand was a community discussion about a long-in-the-making plan to tear down the aged Germantown Boys…

    • Council President Clarke, Managing Director Mike DiBerardinis, Janet Haas of the William Penn Foundation, and Mayor Jim Kenney at Rebuild grant announcement in November 2016. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Clarke's lingering concerns about Rebuild structure: ‘privatization’ and Council oversight

Rebuild has officially reached that awkward stage when it’s more than just an idea but several steps away from implementation. It’s at the point when politicians haggle over details in public…

    • Students at Cecil B. Moore Rec Center during the announcement of a $100 million grant from the William Penn Foundation to improve civic spaces in Philadelphia, November 2016 (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Rebuild team reveals specifics on site selections and nonprofit roles; Council skeptical

In the months before Jim Kenney became the mayor, the project that would become Rebuild started up as data-driven research, taking stock of the city’s universe of parks, rec centers, libraries,…

    • Mayor Kenney says says income from the sugary drink tax will support schools and community centers in the city, March 2016 | Emma Lee / WHYY

Rebuild Initiative’s launch slowed by financial puzzle, hinging on soda tax

The gargantuan, highly anticipated city project known as Rebuild — Mayor Jim Kenney’s $500-million investment in parks, recreation centers, and libraries — is beginning to resemble an elaborate domino setup. As…

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Planning Commission celebrates citizen planners, equitable planning

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s annual progress report and celebration for Citizens Planning Institute participants held last week was themed “Planning Together Growing Together,” focusing on parks and the power of…

    • Council President Clarke, Managing Director Mike DiBerardinis, Janet Haas of the William Penn Foundation, and Mayor Jim Kenney at Rebuild grant announcement in November 2016. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Council President Clarke airs concerns with Rebuild initiative's proposed structure

As the Kenney administration enters its second year, one big policy issue on the horizon will be the mayor’s $500 million commitment to reinvest in the city’s parks, libraries, and recreation…

    • 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…

    • Who will it take to get Mifflin Square rebuilt? Park Powers poster | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Reimagining Mifflin Square Park in 21 languages

In Thoai Nguyen‘s dreams, Mifflin Square Park, a vibrant but tired park in Southeast Philadelphia, has a turf field for kids to play soccer, a rebuilt basketball court, new playground equipment…

    • Rick Magder in Sister Cities Park

Meet Rick Magder, Fairmount Park Conservancy's new director

Rick Magder hadn’t been in his new position as executive director of Fairmount Park Conservancy (FPC) a week and already he was up and running. Literally. Just five days into the…

    • Centennial Commons: Neighborhood Edge | Studio Bryan Hanes

Fall construction start for Centennial Commons park ‘porches’ in West Parkside

Parkside Avenue forms the boundary between the rowhouses of West Parkside and the Centennial District of West Fairmount Park. On one side of the Avenue are some of the city’s most…

    • The Fairmount Launch at the Oval, 2016

Fairmount Park Conservancy launches new guide for enjoying Fairmount Park

The Fairmount Park Conservancy has released a new guide of Fairmount Park, titled 50 Unique Experiences in Fairmount Park. Recognizing that the 2,050-acre park can be intimidating and overwhelming, the…

    • Shakespeare in Clark Park, 2016 | Samantha Maldonado

Seeking common ground through Shakespeare in Clark Park

Now in its eleventh season, Shakespeare in Clark Park (SCP) staged five free nights of The Two Gentlemen of Verona for its loyal audiences in West Philly from July 27 through…

    • 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…

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