Carroll Park has been evolving since the 1920s when it began as a privately owned and racially discriminatory gathering place.
After that, “the park became an epicenter for the community’s criminals,” reports Philadelphia Neighborhoods. “Prostitution, drug deals and violence left the park unsafe at all hours of the day. In 1997, however, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society gave the residents of Carroll Park a glimpse of hope, by awarding them a $30,000 grant.”
Since the completion of the park’s renovations the Carroll Park Neighbors mission has shifted from restoring the park to maintaining it, and providing free programs for the neighborhood including a free summer camp.
Read the full story and learn about Carroll Park’s sordid history and promising future at Philadelphia Neighborhoods.