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Tolentine Community Center at 11th and Mifflin wants to know what you want

Most people in East Passyunk know the Tolentine Rec Center at 11th and Mifflin streets, if they know it at all, either as the place where they vote or the place with the bingo sign.

Tolentine Rec Center (2)

But the folks in charge at the center want to change all that. To that end, they want to formulate a strategic plan on how to change the programming to attract more neighbors to use it. Fill out the survey by clicking here.

What we’ve heard from several neighbors is that the grounds should be more accessible, including on the weekends, so that the public could use the space like a public park. If you think that’s a good idea, tell them!

Once you get past the bushes...

Once you get past the bushes...

But mostly, they want to know what kind of classes, events or workshops to offer, plus whether day care and other services might be valuable. The input will go into the strategic plan, which will help fundraising efforts.

In the meantime, the center does offer some things that might be of interest to you, including a seniors program, an after-school program, a summer camp and, of course, bingo on Tuesday nights.┬áThe center, which is not affiliated with any city agency or a church, also has a large, air-conditioned gym that’s open to the public on limited hours and a decent courtyard.

Find more info about the center on their new website.

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2 Responses to Tolentine Community Center at 11th and Mifflin wants to know what you want

  1. Jen June 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    It does sit on land owned by the City Of Philadelphia. I don’t know the background on the lease arrangements between the Tolentine Community Center and the City, but it would be interesting to know if there was any language about public access to the property in the lease terms or what the lease terms are at all.

  2. Monique June 14, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Tolentine Community Center is a great place for the children around this neighborhood. They offer an After School Program and Summer Camp Program, which my child loves. The After School Program offers full and half day coverage which helps me out with my work schedule. The staff is wonderful and they always accommodate my child’s needs. After I pick my child up from After School he still wants to stay and play outside in their front court yard. I would recommend Tolentine to any parent who needs childcare!

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