Images from the latest design meeting at FJ Myers.
PHILADELPHIA (April 28, 2022) – Pennsylvania House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton this week announced approval of $4.5 million to invest in much-needed upgrades to the Francis J. Myers Recreation Center in the South -West Philadelphia.
The Francis J. Myers Recreation Center is already set to receive investment from Rebuild Philadelphia — the city’s historic investment in parks, recreation centers and libraries — and last summer Rebuild unveiled new grounds. athletics and a mini football pitch as part of the first phase of the project.
The state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant will increase the amount of transformation Rebuild can perform on the site during phase two where Rebuild plans to address the historic recreation center and gymnasium as well as other potential site improvements.
“I want to express my gratitude to our partners at the state level, especially Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, for her unwavering support and advocacy for public spaces like the FJ Myers Recreation Center,” Mayor Jim Kenney said. . “This support from RACP will allow us to transform FJ Myers into a vibrant space to learn, grow and play.”
“The Francis J. Myers Rec Center is a vital hub that many of our neighbors, especially our young people, rely on in Southwest Philly,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “As we face the challenges of gun violence and work to find effective solutions, it is places like Myers Rec that play a vital role in our fight to keep our neighborhoods safe by providing our children with meaningful activities, resources and a safe space to hang out. I’m so grateful for all they do for our community and I’m thrilled with the improvements these dollars will bring.
“I want to commend Pennsylvania House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton for bringing $4.5 million from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to Philadelphia to fund additional upgrades to the Francis J. Myers Recreation Center in the Southwest. of Philadelphia,” said Kenyatta Johnson, a member of the Philadelphia City Council (Second District). . “Francis Myers is located in the Second Council District and I am committed to fighting in the City Council to bring funds to all recreation centers in Downtown, South and Southwest Philadelphia in order to make them even better places for Philadelphians for years to come.”
Last week, Rebuild Philadelphia held its first community engagement and design event for the second phase of the project. Residents can view these materials and respond through a survey at http://bit.ly/FJMyersProject.
“The announcement of this additional funding came just days after an incredible community engagement event at the Francis J. Myers Recreation Center,” said Kira Strong, Executive Director of Rebuild. “We are delighted to be able to increase our impact on this very important site with this additional support.”
“Our parks and recreation centers are the lifeblood of the communities they serve,” said Kathryn Ott Lovell, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner. “We are so grateful that Rep. McClinton and the Commonwealth have recognized this through this incredible investment in Philadelphia families and public space. ”
Rebuild is a landmark investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in Philadelphia’s neighborhood parks, recreation centers and libraries. Proposed in Mayor Jim Kenney’s first budget as part of his vision for a more equitable Philadelphia, Rebuild’s pledge to recognize history, engage the community and invest intentionally aims to improve essential community spaces, to empower neighborhoods and promote economic opportunity through diversity and inclusion.
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR) advances the prosperity of the city and the progress of its people through the stewardship of nearly 10,200 acres of public land and waterways and the management of 500 recreation buildings, 166 miles of trails and 250 playgrounds games. PPR provides safe and enjoyable recreational, environmental and cultural programs and events throughout Philadelphia’s parks and recreation system. PPR promotes the well-being and development of city dwellers by connecting them to the natural world, to each other and to recreational, physical and social opportunities. In 2017, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell set out to implement the parks system’s first strategic plan: Our path to 2020 and beyond. As a result, PPR is embarking on a period of historic change, setting the department on a path to becoming a modern, equitable and exceptional parks and recreation system. Visit us at www.phila.gov/parksandrecand follow @philaparkandrec on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.