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    • Unknown skater enjoys pop-up skate parklet at Park(ing) Day 2017 on Arch Street near 11th. Designed by James Booney of Space 1026.

Park? Let's! Photos from Park(ing) Day 2017

Today is Park(ing) Day, an annual, nationwide event where on-street parking spots are turned into pop-up parklets. Started in San Francisco in 2005, Park(ing) Day is celebrating it's 10th year in…

    • Chinatown parklet

As Rebuild promises $500 million to rehab rec centers, Chinatown asks: What about us?

Last month, you shared with us your pressing questions about Rebuild, Philadelphia's $500 million plan to rehab the city's parks, libraries and rec centers. More than 400 of you voted on which…

    • Construction is nearly complete on Paine's Park

Will Rebuild help or hamper the Office of Economic Opportunity

When Mayor Michael Nutter created the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) in 2008, the announcement was met with muted fanfare. Arriving on the heels of its disappointing predecessor, the Minority Business…

    • East and West Fairmount Park -- Kelly Drive

Hunting Park offers a preview of Rebuild

Earlier this summer, 6abc Action News ran a headline that was familiar to a lot of longtime residents of North Philadelphia: “Man Dies After Shooting in Hunting Park.” The…

    • Drama teacher Star Parker gathers her students for a discussion before starting rehearsal at Olney Rec Center. The group addresses issues like bullying in their performances. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Rebuild: we got your questions, now let's vote

After running on a slogan of "every neighborhood matters" as a mayoral candidate, Mayor Jim Kenney's administration developed Rebuild, an ambitious $500 million plan to remake public parks, rec centers, libraries…

    • Neighbors gather at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Thursday to consider the Boys and Girls Club proposal

For the proposed replacement of the Germantown Boys and Girls Club, community consensus comes in baby steps

At first glance, the ongoing cacophony over the future of Germantown’s Boys and Girls Club looked ready to hit a rare harmonious note. About 45 nearby residents and neighborhood organizers gathered…

    • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney welcomes news that the William Penn Foundation will commit up to $100 million to his Rebuild initiative, November 2016. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Rebuild begins soliciting nonprofits to oversee rehab construction of city’s libraries, parks and rec centers

Mayor Jim Kenney’s Rebuild initiative released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Tuesday, seeking nonprofits with considerable construction experience and neighborhood connections to help manage the 150-200 rehabilitation projects planned for the…

    • 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.…

    • A monument to Stephen Girard stands in front of Gentilhommiere, the country residence where the entrepreneur and philanthropist lived in the early 19th century. | Joel Wolfram

Long-awaited renovations begin as neighbors steer revitalization of historic Girard Estate park

On a Wednesday evening in May, the Friends of Stephen Girard Park gathered for their monthly meeting inside the historic farmhouse that stands improbably in the middle of the South Philadelphia…

    • Kids at Wister Playground in Germantown (2016) | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Now that Rebuild passed City Council, what's next?

Slowed by a series of legislative amendments and the ongoing litigation surrounding the soda tax, Rebuild — Mayor Jim Kenney’s $500 million plan to remake public facilities like rec centers and…

    • Mifflin Square Park, June 24, 2017 | Julia Bell / PlanPhilly

Mifflin Square Park improvements start with small moves, build toward big change

The typical hallmarks of a neighborhood convening were there: Parents dutifully pointing their smartphones at their teenagers dancing on the stage. Neighbors milling about drinking refreshments from a stand. Community groups…

    • Kids playing at Wister Playground | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Rebuild one step closer to final vote

City Council is making a habit of letting the clock run down to zero. On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the final passage of Philadelphia’s sweetened beverage tax, Mayor…

    • Paine's Park was designed with skateboarders in mind.

Rebuild's workforce diversity remains sticking point for Council

Two months ago, at the end of April, the entire body of City Council — all 17 members — huddled around the dais in City Hall’s Room 400 for a photo…

    • City Council chambers.

Council seeking significant changes to legislation structuring Rebuild

Late Wednesday in City Council, the first public hearing devoted to legislation that would enable the Kenney administration’s plan to renovate parks, rec centers, and libraries, took center stage. The hearing on…

    • 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,…

    • Iris Brown and Tomasita Romero created Las Parcelas and another five gardens in the late 1980s | Emma Lee/WHYY

As Norris Square changes, Las Parcelas puts down new roots

On a recent Tuesday evening, Ana Montañez was weeding her garden plot at Las Parcelas, a landmark community garden located in West Kensington. She teaches kids how to grow food in…

    • Bartram's Mile: The plaza is where 56th Street meets the river. | Ashley Hahn / PlanPhilly
Eyes on the Street

Bartram’s Mile trail aims to connect Southwest Philly neighbors to river and city beyond

As the Schuylkill River Trail has grown southward from Center City along the eastern bank of the tidal Schuylkill, it’s gained a boardwalk, a crescent, two skate parks,…

    • Germantown Boys & Girls Club

Public meeting on Germantown Boys and Girls Club aimed for consensus but tensions remain

Reverend Dr. Alyn Waller* made it clear from the onset where his allegiances stood. At hand was a community discussion about a long-in-the-making plan to tear down the aged Germantown Boys…

    • 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

Clarke's lingering concerns about Rebuild structure: ‘privatization’ and Council oversight

Rebuild has officially reached that awkward stage when it’s more than just an idea but several steps away from implementation. It’s at the point when politicians haggle over details in public…

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