"Find Your Path" Stories

Alain Joinville, External Communications Manager

As a Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) employee, I sometimes forget the impact we have on Philadelphia and its citizens.  However, my eye-opening experience in the Wissahickon Gorge a few weeks ago gave me a brand new perspective on the department that I’ve been working for since January 2008.

In the past, I’ve tried to exercise and stay healthy but my personal motivation and incentive to commit my time towards this effort was lacking.  It wasn’t until last Spring, when I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, that my mindset changed.  Although my diagnosis was not severe, I still used a machine at night to help with my breathing.  I considered my health at risk, and started running at my neighborhood recreation center (Francisville Rec) and joined the YMCA in the Fall.  Searching for a more varied and intense regimen, I finally made the commitment to join a CrossFit program. 

My Crossfit coach, Brian, is a big fan of the Wissahickon.  He goes there on weekends to walk and run, but also to “re-charge” and be at peace with nature.  Last month, he let us know about a training in the Wissahickon that he was planning.  This would be the first time we would go to the Wissahickon as a gym, and I was a little scared.  I’d never been trail running before and I didn’t know what to expect, but I signed up anyway.

Even as a PPR employee and former Mt. Airy resident, I had never been deep into the Wissahickon until this training.  The workout was difficult, but fun to accomplish.  However, the environment we were in is what resonated with me the most.  I was struck by my natural surroundings and the calmness of the park.  Since it rained that day, I witnessed the water level of the creek rise from ankle to knee level in less than 30 minutes!  I was also amazed at the variety of people and activities that were going on (running, walking, biking), and The Valley Green Inn was a great amenity that the park offered.  I was really seeing Parks & Rec in action!

Not only did my Crossfit experience leave me feeling stronger and healthier, but it also helped me witness firsthand the opportunities that Philadelphia Parks & Recreation provides for citizens to grow physically and mentally.  Not only am I planning to sign up for the next Crossfit training, but I also plan to go back to the Wissahickon on my own.

See photos and learn more about Alain’s Crossfit experience in the Wissahickon Gorge:

http://steelworkscrossfit.com/adventure-wod-in-the-wissahickon/

Family. Friends. Creation. Exploration. Health. 

"Things I’m grateful for this summer. #summerdays #findyourpath #ppr #lunchbreakofgratitude"

—-

Thank you @sarahbaira for sharing what made your summer so memorable! We liked your image so much we couldn’t wait til #5wordwednesday! Continue to use #findyourpath when sharing your summer highlights with us! We hope everyone has a great Labor Day Weekend!! #PPR #threedayweekend #SPF30

Family. Friends. Creation. Exploration. Health.

"Things I’m grateful for this summer. #summerdays #findyourpath #ppr #lunchbreakofgratitude"

—-

Thank you @sarahbaira for sharing what made your summer so memorable! We liked your image so much we couldn’t wait til #5wordwednesday! Continue to use #findyourpath when sharing your summer highlights with us! We hope everyone has a great Labor Day Weekend!! #PPR #threedayweekend #SPF30

Countdown to Labor Day Weekend is on!! What were some of your summer highlights?? Using the hashtag #findyourpath , tell us in 5 words the absolute best the summer had to offer. First 5 participants will receive PPR swag and we’ll be regramming our favorite entries! #5wordwednesday #summersun #summerfun #hadmeablast

Countdown to Labor Day Weekend is on!! What were some of your summer highlights?? Using the hashtag #findyourpath , tell us in 5 words the absolute best the summer had to offer. First 5 participants will receive PPR swag and we’ll be regramming our favorite entries! #5wordwednesday #summersun #summerfun #hadmeablast

Show Us Your Mug! VisitPhilly Happy Hour at The Oval

We went mug for mug at the @visitphilly Happy Hour at @theovalphl 

Thanks to everyone that participated! Visit us on Facebook @philaparkandrec to see the full photo album from the event and if you see yourself,  tag yourself!

#findyourpath #findyourpathphilly #mugshots #theoval #visitphilly #outbeersy #beergarden

Show Us Your Mug! VisitPhilly Happy Hour at The Oval

We went mug for mug at the @visitphilly Happy Hour at @theovalphl

Thanks to everyone that participated! Visit us on Facebook @philaparkandrec to see the full photo album from the event and if you see yourself, tag yourself!

#findyourpath #findyourpathphilly #mugshots #theoval #visitphilly #outbeersy #beergarden

themthatdo:

Anita Harris’ inspiration to become block captain didn’t seem particularly ambitious when she started. “I needed something to do,” she explained. Anita was already working fulltime as a secretary and raising her two daughters.  She simply wanted to make her block of 5300 Wyalusing safe and clean. But I’ve learned to listen closely to Anita, because behind her efficient language is an ocean of commitment.
Early in Anita’s term as block captain, she met Skip Wiener of Urban Tree Connection. Skip’s organization was working with residents in the Haddington neighborhood to plant flower gardens and trees to rehabilitate crime-ridden vacant lots. Anita joined their efforts and was able to help build several gardens on and around her block. To read more about Anita Harris and many other block captains check out our website Them That Do.

themthatdo:

Anita Harris’ inspiration to become block captain didn’t seem particularly ambitious when she started. “I needed something to do,” she explained. Anita was already working fulltime as a secretary and raising her two daughters.  She simply wanted to make her block of 5300 Wyalusing safe and clean. But I’ve learned to listen closely to Anita, because behind her efficient language is an ocean of commitment.

Early in Anita’s term as block captain, she met Skip Wiener of Urban Tree Connection. Skip’s organization was working with residents in the Haddington neighborhood to plant flower gardens and trees to rehabilitate crime-ridden vacant lots. Anita joined their efforts and was able to help build several gardens on and around her block. To read more about Anita Harris and many other block captains check out our website Them That Do.

#findyourpath to the #cobbscreek5k Walk/Run Saturday, September 20! Register now at cobbscreek5k.com
All proceeds benefit youth programming in Cobbs Creek Park.
myphillypark cobbscreeksmakers

#findyourpath to the #cobbscreek5k Walk/Run Saturday, September 20! Register now at cobbscreek5k.com

All proceeds benefit youth programming in Cobbs Creek Park.

myphillypark cobbscreeksmakers

#findyourpath over to Hawthorne Park tonight for a free jazz concert! @hawthornephilly is hosting the Diane Monroe/Tony Miceli Duo with featured guests! Hawthorne Park is located at 12th & Catherine Streets, and the performance starts at 7pm! Don’t forget your blankets and chairs! #hawthornephilly #summerjazz #jazzinhawthornepark

#findyourpath over to Hawthorne Park tonight for a free jazz concert! @hawthornephilly is hosting the Diane Monroe/Tony Miceli Duo with featured guests! Hawthorne Park is located at 12th & Catherine Streets, and the performance starts at 7pm! Don’t forget your blankets and chairs! #hawthornephilly #summerjazz #jazzinhawthornepark

#5wordwednesday: Art. Creativity. Fun. Awesome. Projects. - Charles, 7: Wissinoming Summer Art Camp

Thanks for drawing us such a great picture Charles! The Summer Art Camp at Wissinoming Park gives kids 7-17 an opportunity to delve into their artistic side. With sessions is drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography, there’s a little bit of something for everyone! #findyourpath #wissinomingpark #summerarts

#5wordwednesday: Art. Creativity. Fun. Awesome. Projects. - Charles, 7: Wissinoming Summer Art Camp

Thanks for drawing us such a great picture Charles! The Summer Art Camp at Wissinoming Park gives kids 7-17 an opportunity to delve into their artistic side. With sessions is drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography, there’s a little bit of something for everyone! #findyourpath #wissinomingpark #summerarts

"Find Your Path" Stories

Chaz Brown, Seasonal Maintenance Attendant
Parkside Evans Playground

#findyourpath to fulfilling work! Chaz started with @powercorpsphl & now is a @philaparkandrec SMA at #parksideevans #findyourpathstories

We were dancing with ducks yesterday at The Oval! Definitely a fun way to end the weekend!! We’re sad to see The Oval’s season come to an end but we had a blast this summer! #findyourpath #theovalphl #myphillypark #magiccarpetphilly #shakeyourtailfeather (at The Oval)

We were dancing with ducks yesterday at The Oval! Definitely a fun way to end the weekend!! We’re sad to see The Oval’s season come to an end but we had a blast this summer! #findyourpath #theovalphl #myphillypark #magiccarpetphilly #shakeyourtailfeather (at The Oval)