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    • Emily Coleman leads a ceramics class at Olney Rec Center.

City Council and Mayor Kenney play nice as rec center 'rebuild' advances

Mayor Jim Kenney’s plan to revamp public facilities throughout the city took another step forward this week, with key legislation passing favorably out of a City Council committee on Monday. 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…

    • Brothers at Wister Playground | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Philly gains ground in national park ranking

Philadelphia’s park system has bumped up two places, to 30th, in a national ranking of the 100 largest U.S. cities, reflecting good distribution of facilities around the city, strong volunteerism, and…

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

Mayor Kenney announces first rec 'rebuild' as clash over union diversity heats up

Dilapidated Vare Recreation Center in Grays Ferry will be the first city facility improved through Mayor Jim Kenney’s stalled soda tax-financed upgrade for parks, rec centers and libraries. Announced at a…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney poses with volunteers at Fisher Park. (Fairmount Park Conservancy)

3 cool things to do in Philadelphia parks this weekend

David Bower explains William Penn’s initial vision of Philadelphia as a city with parks sprinkled throughout its neighborhoods. “Penn gave instructions to his people to lay out a map,” says Bower,…

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

Philly mayor threatens council over lagging rec center rebuild

In a fiery letter sent on Friday, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney told City Council that he is willing to scale back his signature rec center, playground, and library improvement effort in…

    • The city recently renovated Piccoli Playground to meet new standards for

Philly's next generation of playgrounds is here and everyone is invited in

When it comes to places to play, the notion of proximity and convenience are two very different realities for South Philadelphia mother Kelly Palange. A few blocks away from her home…

    • A couple poses at Love Park in February.

LOVE Park? More like loathe park! Criticisms mount as JFK Plaza slowly reopens.

It’s an iconic shot, a photo taken by numerous Philadelphians, millions of visitors, and countless brides and grooms. The subjects stand in front of Robert Indiana’s LOVE Statue as a geyser-like fountain…

    • National championship-winning NW Raiders youth football team practices on a patchy city-owned field in East Germantown.  (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

After winning the Super Bowl of youth football, Germantown's Raiders search for a field of their own

Boys scrambled backward across the threadbare field at Lonnie Young Recreation Center in East Germantown on a recent early spring evening, running pursuit drills over sparse patches of grass as their…

    • Meghan Talarowski of Studio Ludo designed the climbing wall at the Cecil B. Moore library with the idea that children need

A Philadelphia library gets 'risky' with a new play space

It’s a weekday afternoon just before 3:00 p.m. and Cecil B. Moore Library in North Philadelphia is quiet.  But librarian Kayla Hoskinson says when school lets out, kids will flock to…

    • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, left, shakes hands with members of City Council at City Hall on Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Parks & Rec makeover caught in clash over union diversity rules

A City Council hearing on Rebuild ended on Thursday with still no resolution on which parks, rec centers, libraries and playgrounds will be improved in the first phase of Mayor Jim…

    • Volunteers clean up one of the lakes at FDR Park on a cold February day. (Photo credit: Friends of FDR Park/Facebook)

A plan for rebirth in the works for South Philly's FDR Park

With its bucolic lakes, verdant golf course, plentiful tennis courts, and picturesque wedding venue at the American Swedish Museum, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park is kind of like a working man’s country…

    • Rebecca Rhynhart (center), is sworn in as Philadelphia city controller. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Sweet promises of soda tax money gone flat, Philly Controller says

City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart sailed into office in January as a transparency-minded reformer who could pair progressive leanings with an eye for efficiency that could help perpetually-broke Philadelphia spend taxpayer dollars…

    • Workers planting trees

Philadelphia gets grant for planting at least 400 extra street trees a year

Philadelphia could be a lot greener. Only 20 percent of the city’s ground is covered by trees, which is below the national average (27 percent) — a little lower than New…

    • Olney rec center

A Tale of Two Parks: How community saved Sturgis and Olney rec centers

At first glance Sturgis Recreation Center and Olney Recreation Center, located just blocks apart, seem like very similar community amenities. Both are located in the Parks and Recreation Department’s 9th district,…

    • Lovett Library

Lovett Library reopens with gala celebration

After being closed for more than a year and a half for an extensive expansion and modernization project, the Lovett Memorial Library in Mt. Airy reopened on Saturday. The celebratory reception…

    • South Philly Library, Photo by Phillytrax

Down this Street before: Can Rebuild stick to its promise of data-driven, apolitical decisions?

The comparisons are irresistible: Less than three years into office, a Philadelphia mayor pushing through a major legislative initiative that promises to boost equity in long-neglected neighborhoods via a project financed…

    • Tacony library reopening

Tacony's new library spurs hopes of a neighborhood reborn

Over the last few years, there have been signs of a turnaround in the Lower Northeast neighborhood of Tacony. With the help of a  city grant, there are more than 30…

    • A lone rower cruised under the setting sun

Lacking federal support, rowing community turns to its own to fund much needed dredge

The Schuylkill River needs to be dredged. From the neoclassical Fairmount Water Works down to Route 1’s modernist Twin Bridges, the river bed has been slowly rising, bringing with it a…

    • Andre Wright paints puts a new coat of paint on a window frame in the Sharswood Athletic Rec Center. (Brad Larrison for NewsWorks)

As city waits on soda tax ruling, private sector pours on support for Rebuild

Given all the news stories that have described Rebuild as a “$500 million initiative,” you might have assumed that, at least by now, the project’s funding was set…

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