Philadelphia Gets a 3-Park Bench Rating on ParkScore

From The Trust for Public Land, parkscore.tpl.org.

From The Trust for Public Land, parkscore.tpl.org. Click to enlarge.

The third annual ParkScore index from the nonprofit Trust for Public Land has been released, and Minneapolis took top honors: a perfect 5-park bench rating. Philly came in at No. 20, with a 3-park bench score. The index bases its ratings for the country’s 60 largest cities on three factors:

Park access, which measures the percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park (approximately ½-mile);
Park size, which is based on a city’s median park size and the percentage of total city area dedicated to parks;
Services and investment, which combines the number of playgrounds per 10,000 city residents and per capita park spending.

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11 Reasons We Are So Stinkin’ Excited for Warm Weather in Philly

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We are now officially four days into spring, but Mother Nature doesn’t appear to care one lick. And since we’re due to get more snow tomorrow (just a dusting, but still), I would like to say for the Internet Record that I am sick to death of being cold. I won’t go all the way and wish for full-on, 1,000-percent humidity summer weather, as my sister-in-law has done, but I’ll gladly take anything over 50 degrees at this point. Is that so much to ask?

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Coach-Led Couch-to-5K Running Program Comes to Wissahickon Next Month

Photo by Flickr user Rhys A.

Photo by Flickr user Rhys A.

I’m a huge fan of the Wissahickon. In my opinion, there’s no better place to run in Philly. Which is why I also suspect it’s a great place to learn how to run, especially if you’re able to do so with the help of a running coach. I mean, the trees? The creek? The amazingly wide path? All ingredients for the perfect run.

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Greener Home for Wissahickon Charter

Photo of sign at construction site by Sandy Smith.

Photo of sign at construction site by Sandy Smith.

The Wissahickon Charter School in the northwest part of the city says its mission is “to provide a community of learning with an environmental focus that stimulates the child’s intellectual, social, and character development.”

The school’s founders planned to use the Wissahickon Valley as an extension of its classrooms but were stymied in their search for a suitable site near the park. Since its opening in 2002, it has operated out of space in the former Atwater Kent radio factory at 4700 Wissahickon Avenue in Germantown’s southwest corner, hard by the Roosevelt Expressway.

Ground broke last fall on a new home for the school that will finally provide it the access to nature it has long sought.

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