Wolf Administration Celebrates New State Funding for Renovation of McCreesh Recreation Center
Philadelphia, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) southeast regional director Aliyah Furman Stanger joined local leaders to celebrate new funding from the Wolf Administration for renovation of the McCreesh Recreation Center in the city of Philadelphia.
“It’s vital for us to support places like the McCreesh Recreation Center that provide so many different sources of fun, exercise, and community building to residents in the area,” Furman Stanger said. “Governor Wolf supports community cornerstones like this one in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania.”
The McCreesh Recreation Center, located in the Elmwood neighborhood of Philadelphia, was approved for a $200,000 grant from the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program (GTRP). The 5.3-acre site is the only recreation facility within a reasonable travel distance for many local residents and offers a skate park, large sports field, basketball courts, a playground, and multi-purpose building. It also hosts several after-school programs such as homework aid, a dance and gymnastics program, and a summer day camp.
The project renovation includes a new roof, HVAC unit for heating and cooling, bathrooms, kitchen, interior paint, and interior and exterior LED lighting. The total project cost is approximately $240,000.
“I am excited that the Wolf Administration is supporting improvements to McCreesh Playground through a grant from the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program,” said Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell. “The improvements to McCreesh Recreation Center will elevate the quality of the facility by making it more welcoming to the community which will help increase the number of community members who visit the facility to access educational and recreational programming.”
Funding for the GTRP comes from the Marcellus Legacy Fund, created by Act 13 of 2012, which distributes gas well impact fees to counties, municipalities, and commonwealth agencies. Since 2013, more than $6 million in GTRP funding has been approved for community development projects in the city of Philadelphia.
Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132