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Neighbors Park Reopens

Fiver years and a $250,000 grant later, Neighbors Park officially reopens in Wissahickon.

City Councilman Curtis Jones splashes in the new water feature at Neighbors Park in Wissahickon.  (Credit: Josh Cohen)
City Councilman Curtis Jones splashes in the new water feature at Neighbors Park in Wissahickon. (Credit: Josh Cohen)
Councilman Curtis Jones, Wissahickon Neighbors President Drew Bantly and other city officials were on-hand Saturday as Neighbors Park at the corner of Terrace and Hermit streets officially reopened.

The project took a $250,000 grant and more than five years to complete.

"It's been five years in the making," said Special Assistant to Curtis Jones Josh Cohen.  "We're really glad to see it done."

The update included greening the park, better using rainwater, resurfacing the park's basketball court, adding some play equipment for older children, painting more play surfaces and other changes.

To celebrate, the local civic association held a picnic and ribbon cutting ceremony that was catered by Winnie of Winnie's LeBus.

"There was a really good turnout," Cohen said.  "By the time I got there, they were out of food.  I think people are happy to see it finished."

Bantly added, "This would not have been made possible with out the help and support of Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., Craig Ablin, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Philadelphia Horticultural Society, Community Design Collaborative, Flatiron Building Company, MOPS, Winnie's LeBus, and the countless members of the Councilman's office, Philadelphia City Services and members of the Community."

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