Vare Recreation Center Reconstruction Project Receives $250,000 for Synthetic Turf Field | Director General’s Office

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South Philadelphia’s Vare Recreation Center, one of 72 sites selected as part of Mayor Jim Kenney’s rebuilding initiative, received some exciting news last week.

The Philadelphia Eagles, through the National Football League Foundation’s Grassroots program, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) awarded $250,000 to the Vare Recreation Center project to install an artificial turf field that will allow generations young athletes and community members to play.

Funds from this unique partnership between the City of Philadelphia’s Rebuild Initiative and nonprofit partner Make The World Better, founded by Eagles legend Connor Barwin, will join millions of dollars in investments in Vare through the Rebuild initiative and will support the investment. to new ground.

“Providing high-quality public spaces where young people can play, learn and thrive is central to our vision for Rebuild,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “I am grateful to our many partners in this vision. The investment from the Eagles, NFL Foundation and LISC will strengthen our ability to provide a recreational space that will serve the Vare community for years to come.

“On behalf of the Make the World Better Foundation, I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to the Philadelphia Eagles, the NFL Foundation’s Grassroots Program and LISC for providing us with this grant,” Eagles legend Connor said. Barwin. “It is through grants like this that we are able to work with the community to create safe environments for our young people to come together and build stronger neighborhoods across Philadelphia.”

In addition to the new grounds, residents can expect a brand new recreation building with a new basketball and gymnastics gymnasium, new children’s play area, outdoor common areas, wading pool and sports courts. exteriors revitalized as part of the reconstruction initiative. The design of the project is being finalized and construction will begin in 2022.

The Rebuild program will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in Philadelphia’s parks, recreation centers and libraries. Made possible by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax. Learn more about Rebuild-approved sites and work in progress.

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