In about three years, the schoolyard at Southwark is expected to be transformed from solid concrete into an interactive space for kids to learn, create, grow and play. The project is still in early planning stages, so Southwark Elementary is hosting a fundraising event this week to help make this improved outdoor space a reality.
That meeting highlighted some of the negativity surrounding a dog run for the park, but it was also made clear that many residents, even those opposed to that specific location, want to see this happen somewhere in the neighborhood. Another separate group of residents is now working on plans for a dog run, this one located under I-95.
The community center formerly known as Tolentine was taken over by Parks and Recreation in 2015, when the center at 1025 Mifflin St. was then renamed as the East Passyunk Community Center. Beyond the name change, the facility is now offering different programming to create a more accessible community space.
Among the new things being announced at the facility is the Special Olympics program that will be launching at this new location in South Philly this year.