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    • 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,…

    • Isabel Slaughter, 8, paints a ceramic sculpture in Emily Coleman's ceramics class at Olney Rec Center. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

At Olney Rec, Rebuild stokes imagination about what a rec center can be

The playground at Olney Rec Center is bare bones. Its sprinkler, the site’s only water feature, backs up until liquid pools inside the building. When kids finish molding their clay-and-macaroni sculptures,…

    • Christoper Columbus statue, Marconi Plaza, | Department of Records, 1959 -

German churches and South Philly sites headed for historic designation

At the first meeting of the year for the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation, one object and seven properties were recommended for listing in the local register of historic…



Olney, named after the mansion that once stood in its place, is a neighborhood in North Philadelphia. The neighborhood is bordered by Roosevelt Boulevard to the south, Tacony Creek to the east, Godfrey Avenue to the north, and 6th Street to the west. The hilly farmland known as Olney was only apart of Philadelphia County as late as the late nineteenth century. The area prior to Olney’s inclusion was mainly farmers and wealthy Philadelphians who could afford to live out of the city. As the city grew, Olney became more and more urbanized, often attracting people who wanted to get away from the density of the city. The construction of the Broad Street subway line also linked Olney to the rest of the city making it even more ideal for those looking for a way out of the city while still being connected to center city.  By the 1960’s Olney experienced the effects of the deindustrialization of the city, driving many residents to the suburbs as a part of the “White Flight”, while drawing immigrants from all over the world to fill the vacancies left. By the 1970's a new wave of residents began migrating to the community and 5th Street became populated by a heavy Korean-American business district, while Southern parts of Olney had a Hispanic influence. Today Olney is a melting pot of ethnic groups and remains one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the area, a feat that is reflected through its architecture and business’.


Olney Wikipedia article 

Cambodian Association of North Philadelphia

Korean Community Development

Greater Olney Civic Association


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