Public hearing on improving Philly’s parks resumes Monday

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 Meeting attendee sends message to council during hearing on Mayor Kenney's Rebuild initiative (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Meeting attendee sends message to council during hearing on Mayor Kenney's Rebuild initiative (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

The sad state of some playgrounds and recreation facilities in Philadelphia is expected to be discussed Monday, as a city council hearing resumes. 

During a five hour hearing on the rebuild blueprint, those who use the recreation centers and playgrounds described dismal conditions.

Gweldolyn Tohler spoke of the problems at Hawthorne playground.

“When it rains outside, it rains inside. It’s very deplorable I’ve got two basketball courts with three big holes in it, a tower that’s sinking along with a generator with it.”

Monica Allison from Cedar Park Friends said small renovations they have done have reinvigorated interest in the facility from neighbors.

“They began utilizing the park differently, cleaning up trash and they were conscious in the work that was put into the park even on a small scale.”

A Kenney administration plan to renovate up to 200 facilities will be the focus of Monday’s council meeting. The half-billion dollar plan would need City Council’s approval.

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