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    • 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…

    • Newkirk Monument at Bartram's Mile | Andropogon

Alan Greenberger chairs newly appointed Art Commission

A neglected, graffitied, 180-year-old marble obelisk called the Newkirk Monument will be relocated from its current hidden home along an Amtrak rail line in Southwest Philly to Bartram’s Mile on the…

    • Mount Moriah Gatehouse | Theresa Stigale, EOTS Flickr Group

Resurrecting Mount Moriah Cemetery's gatehouse

For more than five years, a group of volunteers and preservationists has been slowly bringing the historic Mount Moriah Cemetery in Southwest Philadelphia back from oblivion. Established in 1855, the then-rural…

    • East Park Discovery Center | Digsau

East Park Discovery Center presented to Art Commission

On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Art Commission approved the conceptual designs for The Discovery Center, an outdoor youth education center on the banks of the East Park Reservoir in Strawberry Mansion. The…

    • Children participate in an after school program at Vare Recreation Center. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Kenney seeking $300 million in bond sales to spend on parks, rec centers, libraries

In his budget address next week, Mayor Jim Kenney will outline what could be a signature initiative for his first term: a major push to repair and improve parks, recreation centers,…

    • The next segment of the Schuylkill River Trail will run between freight rail tracks and the water's edge from South to Christian streets.

Councilman Johnson’s bill clears path for Schuylkill River Trail extension to Christian Street

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced an ordinance Thursday authorizing the city to accept ownership of a small parcel of land from CSX Railroad, removing the final obstacle to the Schuylkill River Trail’s…

    • Spring Garden Street Greenway rendering

State grants $2.7 million for parks and recreation projects in Philly

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced $28 million in grants for parks and recreation projects across Pennsylvania on Thursday, including $2.7 million for nine projects in Philadelphia. The…

    • Wissahickon Valley Park

More woodlands to be added to Wissahickon Valley Park

Wissahickon Valley Park could grow by six acres this fall if City Council authorizes the city to accept a donation of undeveloped land from the Natural Lands Trust. A bill allowing…

    • Siddiq Thurman, Ayeashi Daniels and Eleni Zorn (L to R) agree the improvements make their pool more fun.
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: A poolside pop-up in Francisville

Built-in wooden deck loungers and palm trees overlook clear blue water, and patio sets grace the lawn. These are not the view of amenities at a luxury building but at Francisville…

    • Trail engineering: small logs help prevent erosion on a semi-steep climb on the Belmont Trails.

Into the woods: Fairmount Park groups aim to orient Belmont trail runners

This post was created in collaboration with Hidden City. Photos by Bradley Maule. Check out previous collaborations here. When I decided to make Philadelphia my permanent home, in 2005, I…

    • Kelly Pool
Eyes on the Street

Beginner's Guide to Philadelphia's Public Pools

Philly has more free, outdoor public pools than any city in the country and lucky for us pool season kicks off this week. To help you cool off this summer Community…

    • Reading Viaduct, October 2012 / Christine Fisher

Councilman Squilla announces City giving Reading Viaduct Rail Park another $1M

During a public presentation before the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, at late-entering Councilman Mark Squilla announced that the City of Philadelphia was pledging an additional $1 million to the project to…

    • Ridge Avenue Pocket Park site is located at 6170-72 Ridge, and the adjacent Allison Building, a former carpet store, is part of the plan. (Neema Roshania/WHYY, file)

Brains behind Spruce Street Harbor to take on vacant 'pocket park' along Ridge Avenue

A proposed green space in the midst of the Roxborough business district took a step toward the light on Thursday night. At an informal community meeting, longtime and new residents of…

    • Viaduct Phase One | Studio Bryan Hanes

Planning Commission approves Reading Viaduct acquisition

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted yesterday to approve a bill authorizing the city to acquire part of the Reading Viaduct for the development of a public park. Can you imagine…

    • Reading Viaduct, elevated portion

City moves to acquire part of the Reading Viaduct

The city is moving to purchase a portion of the Reading Viaduct in anticipation of the development of an elevated park there. Last week, Councilman Mark Squilla introduced a bill that…

    • And easier to get here!

Del. River Waterfront Corp. advances Race Street, Spruce Street connection projects

Just in time for summer, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is starting, re-starting, or advancing a handful of construction, infrastructure and transportation projects to help connect Penn’s Landing to the rest…

    • Skyline from Belmont Plateau | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

Fairmount Park advocates unite

After years of discussion, trips to Orphan’s Court, and hours of pro bono Pepper Hamilton legal work the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust are pleased to announce…

    • Seger Park Playground
Eyes on the Street

Funding Common Ground: Parks, programming and unfulfilled potential

Philadelphia has amazing park and recreation resources, yet the city consistently under-commits funds to maintain and plan for improving these assets. As part of our Agenda 2015 op-ed series Lauren Bornfriend,…

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