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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

$170k raised to rebuild Ralph Brooks Tot Lot at 20th and Tasker

The Ralph Brooks basketball court at 20th and Tasker streets got a big boost over the weekend with a fundraiser at Union Transfer that raised $170,000 to turn crumbling slice of asphalt into an active oasis.

Image of some minor work at the playground comes from Urban Roots' Facebook page

Image of some minor work at the playground in December comes from Urban Roots’ Facebook page

CBS3 reports that the Make the World Better Foundation, started by Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin, took up the cause and partnered with R5 Productions to help the kickstart the plan by youth organization Urban Roots. (For more on the concert, go here.)

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Music in Gold Star Park returns — now with less concrete

Thanks to one civic-minded bachelor, a 600 square foot section of concrete was removed from Gold Star Park on the 600 block of Wharton Street last month, providing a little extra natural surrounding for the summer music series that starts tomorrow.

Pic from Water Department's Flickr page

Pic from Water Department’s Flickr page

On May 3 Tom Halliwell, a worker at the Philadelphia Water Department, gathered up his buddies for his bachelor party to depave an area that’s adjacent to the play structure, said a friend of the park. He had a dumpster delivered at his expense to dispose of the asphalt, and they dug up the ground under the pavement and lay grass seed.

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

Dog Shit Crusade: Water Dept. wants a LoMo spokesdog for its scoop the poop campaign

The Water Department has put out a call for dog owners who live in Lower Moyamensing to nominate their pets to become a spokesdog – and owners can win $200.



It’s an education campaign to try to show dog owners that even if they leave a pile just that one time, it is nasty and can leach what is essentially poison into the rivers through storm runoff. Says the Water Department:

Each spokesdog will be chosen at a community event and the winning dogs’ images will be used on a number of brochures, advertisements, websites, etc. Winning spokesdogs will be ambassadors to the City for living the eco-friendly dog life.

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