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.
May 14, 2014 |
Fairmount Park is to Philadelphia what Central Park is to New York City, yet it has never managed to become the same kind of go-to, citywide leisure destination. While the Schuylkill's banks are often jammed with people, the crowds quickly thin as you push into the hinterlands, the big swaths of greenery known to park officials (but few others) as East and West Fairmount Park. Unlike Central Park, the bifurcated park bordering the Schuylkill between the Art Museum and the Falls Bridge is not all that convenient to most Philadelphians.
February 18, 2013 |
The city's aging parks and recreation facilities are going to get a lot more attention starting this spring. Thanks to a $2.6 million increase in the department's budget, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis plans to hire 63 full-time people, most of them in skilled trades and maintenance. It's the first such expansion in as long as any one in the department - which receives less funding than parks do in most big cities - can remember. "Parks have never gotten anything close to this in recent history," DiBerardinis said.
October 31, 2012 |
SODA TAXES, 3-1-1 call centers, budget woes and City Council political battles. No, we're not talking about life in Philly's City Hall, but in the government of fictional Pawnee, Ind., featured on the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation. " The show follows the travails of the ever-positive Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a middle manager in the parks department and a newly elected councilwoman, as she strives to improve her town. Like any great comedy, the show has colorful characters, sharp dialogue and the occasional well-timed pratfall, but what really makes "Parks and Recreation" clever - especially from the perspective of a city government and politics reporter - is how closely the story lines hew to the policy and political issues of the day and how effectively they mine comic absurdity from those topics.