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    • 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…

    • Looking south at the Tacony fishing and boat launch toward the Betsy Ross and Delair Bridges.

DRCC gets $125,000 to update plan for North Delaware Greenway

Philadelphia’s North Delaware riverfront is evolving after years of work from the Delaware River City Corporation (DRCC) and its partners to advance the cause of a new recreational greenway and public…

    • Lee Cultural Center | Emma Lee / WHYY
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Keystone Crossroads Video: From parking lot to pop-up garden, tucked beneath the trestle

It's summertime in Philadelphia, which means you’re bound to come across one of the city's trendy beer gardens on a riverfront or rooftop.  One of the newest additions to the…

    • Mantua Greenway: Memorial Garden

Design concepts unveiled for Mantua Greenway

Spring was a season of progress for Mantua residents, who have been making plans for a green corridor and recreational trail along the neighborhood’s northern border. By late 2017, residents and…

    • MLK Drive trail | Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

MLK Drive Trail wins $500,000 grant for restoration

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) approved a $500,000 grant to restore nearly four miles of trail running along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at its monthly board meeting Thursday.…

    • Volunteers cut up wood during a

'Blitz Build' gives Sharswood's 100 year old Athletic Rec Center a makeover

A recreation center in North Philadelphia got an extreme makeover this week, thanks to a group of architects who were in town for an annual conference.  Athletic Recreation Center was built…

    • Fishtown Recreation Center

Neighbors weigh in on Fishtown Rec redesign, ‘Swimmo’ up for 2017 renovation

Fishtown is in store for more major public space improvements over the next few years, with redesigns slated for the Adaire Elementary schoolyard, the Fishtown Recreation Center, and the Lederer Pool,…

    • Proposed Schuylkill River Swing Bridge

City set to acquire Schuylkill River Swing Bridge from Conrail, clearing path for bike and ped trail river crossing

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill Thursday authorizing the City of Philadelphia to acquire an abandoned rail swing bridge crossing the Schuylkill River, which will clear a path for construction of…

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