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Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

City Life

Poor Philadelphia Neighborhoods Have Worse Access to Public Parks

It’s no secret that access to green space in Philadelphia is highly unequal. Some Philly neighborhoods can be up to 20 degrees hotter than others […]

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City Life

How the Pandemic Turned a South Philly Golf Course Into the City’s Best New Park

If you squint, you can see it. Head down to FDR Park, the storied South Philly public space across Broad Street from the Sports Complex. […]

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City Life

Inside Philly’s Stealth Hunts to Take Out Deer and Protect Our Parks

During the long, cold nights from December to March, highly trained individuals enter Philadelphia’s most popular parks armed with state-of-the-art tools and shoot-to-kill orders. It’s […]

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City Life

Foglietta Plaza May Be Philly’s Most Criminally Underused Public Space

I got a call from a Queen Village resident asking for help solving a mystery: Why doesn’t anybody use Foglietta Plaza for anything? If the […]

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City Life

You Can Pick Up a Free Tree for Your Property This Fall

Trees and Pennsylvania go way back. Students of Latin will of course know that our state’s name translates to “Penn’s woods.” And William Penn himself, […]

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Be Well Philly

It’s Almost Time to Say Goodbye to Philly Public Pools … and to Summer

The end is nigh; public pools shall soon be dry. Yes, somehow it’s already that time of year: the unofficial end to summer. It feels […]

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City Life

The Oval Is Officially Open

It’s an urbanist’s dream: repurposing a forgettable parking lot into a gigantic ground-level mural, nixing the “ing” and creating a park in its stead. That’s what […]

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Here’s What You’ll Be Eating and Drinking at Parks on Tap

Parks on Tap, the roving beer garden that pops up in city parks across Philadelphia each summer, officially begins at the Azalea Garden behind the Philadelphia Museum […]

Be Well Philly

Philly’s Largest Park Celebration Returns This May

This upcoming Monday, nearly 200 countries will celebrate Earth Day, our annual chance to show Mother Nature some TLC and raise awareness about the perks of going […]

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Be Well Philly

This Love Your Park Fall Service Day Is the Perfect Excuse to Spend Saturday Outside

Grab your gardening gloves and shovels: Love Your Park Fall Service Day is going down on November 10, giving us more opportunities to clean and preen […]

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Here’s What You’ll Be Eating and Drinking at Cherry Street Pier

Philly is about to get a shiny new pier park. Cherry Street Pier, a 55,000 square-foot reclaimed municipal shipping pier, opens on Friday, October 12 — […]

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Be Well Philly

The Best University City Healthy Food Spots, Workouts, and Self-Care, According to This Barre Studio Owner

Philly has an insanely wonderful fitness scene, but the truth is, many of us tend to stick to our own neighborhoods — we’ve all got […]

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City Life

PHOTOS: Pulse, Dilworth Park’s Misty Fountain Art Exhibit, Is Now Open

Last month, we told you that Dilworth Park would soon become home to Pulse, an ethereal fountain art exhibition that we’re really excited to see in […]

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Be Well Philly

Meet a Health Hero Semifinalist: Cheryl Hardy

» You can vote for Cheryl Hardy here from September 4th through October 2nd.  Name: Cheryl Hardy Role: Program volunteer at Hank Gathers Recreation Center, a recreation center in North Philly […]

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The Greener Case for More Trees in Philly

I recently met someone who was unhappy about moving from D.C. to Philadelphia for a new job. He found our town “depressing and ugly.” As […]