July 31, 2015 |
The late July heat is blooming inside the Camden County Community Greenhouse, but the volunteers seem unfazed. Tina McHugh and Christine Pike fill wheelbarrows with ungainly petunias destined for the nearby compost pile. Steve Politowski arrives with tools so he can help finish the roof on the new potting shed. And Jane Elkis Berkowitz is ready for a plant propagation class. "The power of the flower," Freeholder Michelle Gentek-Mayer says. "It goes very far. " The once-abandoned greenhouse at the Lakeland complex in Gloucester Township will yield 15,000 flowering plants this year to beautify the county's park system and public buildings.
June 27, 2015 |
The National Park Service is removing all Confederate flag items on sale throughout the federal park system. The action, announced Thursday in the aftermath of the shootings of nine African Americans in Charleston, S.C., applies to merchandise in bookstores and gift shops, said Jonathan B. Jarvis, park service director. "We strive to tell the complete story of America," Jarvis said. "All sales items in parks are evaluated based on educational value and their connection to the park.
June 12, 2015 |
John Anderson hopes to help more people fall in love with the Rancocas Creek. "You paddle into a semi-wilderness . . . and you can't see houses, you can't hear anything," says the Westampton resident, 53. "All you hear is nature. It's hypnotic. It's an escape from everything around us. " Anderson, who regularly plies his red Pyranha Mountain 300 kayak along the storied Rancocas, is championing an excellent idea: Creating a "water trail" to encourage more people to kayak, canoe, or hike along tidal portions of the creek.
August 19, 2014 |
Police are investigating reports that a skateboarder beat a ranger in LOVE Park on Friday as others stood by and laughed. Details were made public over the weekend after a witness posted a video of the attack on the Internet. The confrontation began just before 5:30 p.m. Friday, police said, when a Philadelphia Parks and Recreation ranger approached a group of skateboarders and told them skateboarding was not permitted in the park at 15th Street and JFK Boulevard, a popular spot with tourists for picture-taking.
June 27, 2014
A FEW years ago, I pitched what I thought was a great idea for the city: A beer garden at LOVE Park. I could just imagine the lunchtime crowds, the evening diners with their families, the skateboarders and foodies, people just hanging out - all of them coming together and enjoying the city's finest, freshest beer at one of its most scenic locations. The reception from city reps who oversee the popular but underutilized park was colder than an ice-filled keg bucket. Beer? Forget it, they sniffed.
May 24, 2014
With a comprehensive new study setting out the challenges facing the beautiful but balkanized 2,000-acre heart of Fairmount Park on both banks of the Schuylkill, city leaders and park lovers alike have a to-do list for years to come. If the core of Philadelphia's sprawling park system is to be an even greater asset, the city must take steps to tame speeding traffic along its drives, substantially improve transit links, and bridge natural barriers (a broad river and steep slopes) and man-made impediments (freight lines and an expressway)
June 24, 2013 |
The day before there'd been a storm, and so the Wissahickon Creek ran freckled, like the back of a fawn. It was 51 degrees, the 13th of May, early, but not dawn. Fish jumped. Frogs demurred. A garden-variety Canada goose was jonesing for a show. If there were turtles on the backs of rocks, they achieved perfect incognito, and every bird that rustled was (it seemed) a chubby-bellied robin, until my eyes saw past the secrets of the trees. A chimney swift. A pair of fish crows. An operatic gray catbird wearing a very sweet toupee.
May 13, 2013 |
As a young girl growing up in Long Beach, Calif., I was fortunate to have access to public tennis courts. The opportunities for free instruction and available court time made a huge difference in my life and career. And I wasn't alone. Chris Evert, Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors, and so many great players from tennis got their start in a public park program. So, yes, the protection and the future of our public parks are near and dear to me. Programs like LOVE Your Park Week here in Philadelphia need our support and our attention.
April 19, 2013 |
Even as it crumbles, the little cottage on a knoll overlooking Evans Pond manages to charm. It has so captivated Cherry Hill resident Kevin Cook that he's started a campaign to save the vacant structure, built as the Wallworth Park clubhouse in 1927. And even as he battles a progressive and incurable neurological disorder that affects his mobility, dexterity, and speech, Cook, 35, has succeeded in persuading Camden County to delay demolition. He also hopes the county can fix the holes in the roof.
November 1, 2012 |
If landscapes were gems, Timber Creek Park would be Tiffany's. It offers 128 rolling acres of woods, water, and fields - an oasis amid the postwar suburban sprawl of Gloucester Township. But some people who enjoy the trails and the dog run worry that this sylvan jewel could be tarnished by people who like to play disc golf. The competitive sport mixes aspects of the links with elements of Frisbee, horseshoes, and basketball. Players stand at a tee and try to sink a plastic disc about the size of a dinner plate into a basketlike target from 200 to 500 feet away, taking successive shots from wherever the disc lands.