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    • Skaters from FDR Skatepark set up a sign and

Skaters fill potholes left unfixed by city crews

The do-it-yourself or DIY attitude is essential to skateboarding. Few places demonstrate that truth more clearly than FDR Skatepark, a 16,000-square-foot stunt playground that local boarders have painstakingly built up…

    • Quamir Jones does a cannonball into the pool at Dendy Playground, at 10th and Oxford streets in North Philadelphia.
Eyes on the Street

A photographer reflects on a summer oasis: Dendy Playground

Dendy feels like magic. That’s the thought that ran through my mind the first time I went to my neighborhood rec center for a swim one June evening. Golden light washed…

    • 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…

    • The basketball court at Hunting Park Rec Center.
Eyes on the Street

What if it rained? How a rec center changed one life, and could change more

Every time it rains, the Hunting Park Recreation Center has to shut down activities because of a hole in the roof.  The “Rec” is a safe place where many children in…

    • The refurbished pool at Pleasant Playground in Mount Airy.

It must finally be summer: City pools open starting Tuesday

Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council have yet to pass a budget for 2019. There’s more than $27 million missing from the city’s primary bank account, and the firm hired to…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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.…

    • Public Safety Services Campus

June 1: Kenney exploring Inquirer building for PPD HQ | Bike fatalities up | Parking space and people space

Despite spending around $40 million so far to turn the Provident Mutual Insurance Building at 46th and Market into a Public Safety Services Campus for the Police Department, David Gambacorta reports…

    • PPA garage

March 24: Slow metro growth | Race and park planning | Parking bubble? | Broad & Washington scorecard

The Philadelphia metro area is growing more slowly than other metro areas around the country, the Inquirer reports. The population continues to grow thanks to births and immigration, the metro…

    • The First African Baptist Church was designated by the city as historic in 2015 (Jared Brey)

March 14: Black churches become luxury housing | Trinities fit the tiny-house trend | ZBA chair is Doc's doc

“Luxury residential development has become a popular use for the structures that once nurtured souls of Black folk in a historic Black community,” write Sheila Simmons and Damon Williams in the…

    • Kenney delivers budget address | Screen shot from Channel 64 public access

PlanPhilly budget reader's digest

On Thursday, Mayor Jim Kenney released his budget for Fiscal Year 2017, which begins July 1. Here’s what’s in store for transportation, planning, preservation, commercial corridors and more. $300 million…

    • callowhill2

Commission approves new zoning maps for Chinatown North, west Market Street, Roxborough

The area surrounding the Reading Viaduct, which is slowly being converted into an elevated park, is preparing for an influx of development interest. On Tuesday, the Planning Commission recommended approval of…

    • Love Park top word cloud

Love Park: Civic engagement hands off to design work

Months of civic engagment - which produced over 650 ideas for a Love Park redo from interested citizens - came to a conclusion Tuesday evening as Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and…

    • 1100 Market Street

Oct. 6: What's up this week? CDR looks at Market St.; Out and about in PA; civil forfeiture panel

There are a couple of hot projects coming before Civic Design Review Tuesday (Oct. 7, 1 pm, Room 18-029, One Parkway Building,1515 Arch Street). National Real Estate Development and BLT Architects are presenting…

    • Parks and Rec supporters

Call on the Mayor and City Council to close the ($5 Million) gap for Parks and Recreation

A message from the Parks Alliance. "Join Us to show STRONG and ORGANIZED SUPPORT for Parks and Recreation at the upcoming City Council budget hearing. Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis will be testifying…

    • Quince Street, Photo by David Swift Photography
Eyes on the Street

March 7: Mayor Nutter's budget details | Kelly Drive advisory | Blatstein's Broad and Washington plans | Neighbors support Queen Lane Apartment demolition | Faux bricks cause stir in Old City

Good morning and happy Friday Streeters! Enjoy the nice weather this weekend.  Mayor Nutter presented his budget before Council yesterday. The budget sets aside $2 million for the Department of…

    • Wissahickon East Project
Eyes on the Street

Neighbors clean newly secured East Mount Airy parkland

Just before the first snowfall of the season, volunteers gathered in East Mount Airy to clean six acres of former farm land that, after years of neighbor-developer conflict, the city has…

    • Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Council President Clarke unveiled the newly renovated Amos Playground
Eyes on the Street

Parks and Rec unveils new Amos Playground equipment

In a neighborhood where discussion usually centers around the student housing boom, Philadelphia Parks and Rec and City Council President Darrell Clarke came together to unveil something designed specifically for the…

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