May 1, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Marathon and half marathon will be run on different days, creating a race weekend in November, organizers announced Friday. In the past, the half marathon and marathon were run together. This year, the half marathon will take place on Nov. 19 and the full marathon will be run the next day. "This will give the opportunity to increase both races and give both their full justice," new race director Jim Marino said in a telephone interview. "Everybody could be part of the marathon experience without it being as crowded.
April 11, 2016 |
FORMER PRESIDENT Bill Clinton popped into a Philadelphia recreation center last week, bringing world attention to a rally for his wife, Hillary, when he lashed out at protesters. The day before, Kathryn Ott Lovell, the city's new commissioner of parks and recreation, had gone to the same Dorothy Emanuel Rec Center in Cedarbrook to make sure things were ready for Clinton's visit. "You have to prep your house if company's coming," Ott Lovell said Wednesday. "It's an amazing center and a wonderful community," she added.
March 20, 2016
ISSUE | MAYOR KENNEY'S PLAN Take stock of needs Mayor Kenney plans to issue at least $300 million in bonds to improve the condition of public parks, recreation centers, and libraries. But before we move forward on this initiative, it would be helpful to consider: City facilities are in appalling condition because the city can't afford to maintain them. Issuing $300 million in bonds is just going to dig the hole deeper. How many recreation and library facilities do we have, and how many did we have in 1970, when the city's population was 22 percent larger?
March 15, 2016 |
A long-range experiment is happening in West Philadelphia's Haddington Woods, a 40-acre urban forest, where experts, citizen scientists, and officials hope to find ways to restore and preserve city parklands, and find answers to dealing with invasive species, soil degradation, and even global warming. "All of the [city's] forests are degraded," said Joan Blaustein, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation's director of urban forestry. Haddington Woods, north of the 69th Street Transportation Center and east of Cobbs Creek Golf Club, was chosen as a testing ground because it has some of the most degraded - and some of the healthiest - forests in the city.
August 25, 2015 |
Face-painting, hula-hooping, bean-bag-tossing, mini-golfing and, of course, the food trucks. Those activities, and others, drew families from all over the city and beyond Sunday to the final day of the Eakins Oval pop-up park, marking an unofficial end to summer. "I wish they would expand it in time," said Kristin Lorent, who was watching her 6-year-old daughter take hula hoop lessons on the lawn, in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "It feels like a vacation. There's a lot for the kids to do. " Lorent, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania who lives in the Fairmount area, has been bringing her daughter, Noa, down to the park all summer.
March 12, 2015 |
A development group's proposal to bring an Olympic-class bicycle arena to South Philadelphia's historic Franklin D. Roosevelt Park has met with resistance from the city Commission on Parks and Recreation, which handed the group its first negative recommendation in its effort to capture four acres of land. The proposed 6,000-seat competitive cycling velodrome, called Project 250, has spurred avid support among bicycle enthusiasts and resistance from FDR Park neighborhood residents since the proposal was unveiled last year.
January 10, 2015 |
Nic Esposito is at once a romantic and a realist, and both inform his passions: farming, telling stories, and advocating for fresh, local food for all. Now, with Kensington Homestead , his second book and first attempt at nonfiction, Esposito, 32, is emerging as a literary voice for the wildly vibrant farm community in Philadelphia. His 14-essay collection chronicles the joys and frustrations of growing crops in uber-urban East Kensington, where the forces of gentrification press relentlessly through the swirl of entrenched poverty.
January 9, 2015 |
NOTE: This story was updated Thursday morning. Three Philadelphia recreation centers violated a long list of bookkeeping regulations, says the city controller, who has referred one former treasurer's activities to the District Attorney's Office. City Controller Alan Butkovitz released an analysis Wednesday of three of the 126 Philadelphia Recreation Advisory Councils (PRACs). The councils, which are responsible for managing the individual recreation centers' accounts, oversee nearly $2 million.
June 17, 2014 |
GREAT MEN often become great curiosities / Too often become great conversation pieces / And nothing more. / But something should be said about Joseph E. Mander / Lest the Lessons he died to teach / Follow him to death. So wrote the poet Sarah E. Wright. The name of the man to whom she referred is known in Strawberry Mansion, but his story is known by only a few. Now, the namesake of Mander Park near 33rd and Diamond streets will finally become better-known. On Friday, in conjunction with a major face-lift of the park and its recreation center, a plaque will be unveiled honoring the rarely told story of Joseph E. Mander, a black man who gave his life trying to save a drowning white boy 62 years ago. "It was a very big story back in 1952, but it has gotten twisted through time," said Judith Robinson, a Strawberry Mansion resident who pushed for the plaque.
May 16, 2014
A graphic with a story Thursday on expansion at the Philadelphia Museum of Art wrongly stated the number of items in the museum's collection, 227,000. In addition, the story misstated the material covering the exterior of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. It is stainless steel. A caption with a photograph in some editions Thursday showing workers repairing damage at the Fairmount Water Works misnamed their employer, the Department of Parks and Recreation.