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Hunting Park

    • Civic groups from the area surrounding the EPPI site did not want to see the mid-century monolith turned into another social-services institution.(Brian Hickey/WHYY)

Agreement signed for state's $2M sale of EPPI site to NewCourtland

The next phase for the imposing building that had been Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in East Falls is underway — and it is not what the surrounding communities had in mind. A…

Connectivity at the heart of “The New Fairmount Park”

The fact that Fairmount Park attracts seven million visitors each year shows that the park is doing something right. But why let the crown jewel of Philadelphia’s park system (and the…

    • Abandoned tax delinquent property on the 2300 block of Gerrit Street in Point Breeze (Clem Murray / Inquirer)

District Council members assign targets for affordable housing

Five members of City Council introduced bills on Thursday designating certain portions of their districts as “opportunity zones,” areas that will be targeted by Council President Darrell Clarke’s 1,500 Affordable Housing…

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ABOUT HUNTING PARK

Ridge/Allegheny/Hunting Park, once home to the Hunting Park race track, is a neighborhood in Upper North Philadelphia. This area extends from Glenwood Avenue to Wingohocking Street and from G Street to Old York Road. The area is best known for its park, called “Hunting Park,” which was once home to William Penn's secretary, James Logan. Logan's estate, built in 1795, still partially stands today on the south- west corner of the park behind an oak tree that can be dated back far past the Logan estate. In 1815, 45 acres of the park were sold to make a race course which was used for horse trotting and racing. However the race track was short lived.By 1854, betting on horses was outlawed in Philadelphia, which left the land abandoned. Residents at the time fought to preserve the race track and by 1871 they received permission to turn the area into a community park. Later a roadway was built connecting Fairmount park and Hunting Park. The road was named Hunting Park Avenue and is still in service today. Today the community celebrates the multicultural heritage of its Latino, Puerto Rican, and African American residents, who make up the majority of this neighborhood's population. Like many Philadelphian neighborhoods, Hunting Park has recently seen a local increase in drug abuse and crime, but organizations like the “Friends of Hunting Park” and police cooperation have helped to deter criminal activities.


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Wikipedia on Hunting Park

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