The Philadelphia Commission on Parks and Recreation wants YOU to “Pitch Your Passion” for innovative projects & programs! 

On Weds Oct. 22nd at 6pm, the Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold a community meeting at Miles Mack Recreation Center (732-66 North 36th Street) to announce the launch of “Pitch Your Path”, a citywide initiative inviting all citizens to make a “pitch” for innovative ideas to improve the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation system. Make a video, take a picture, or write a brief summary and either post it to the Pitch Your Passion Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PitchYourPassionPhilly) or send it in via email to PitchYourPassion@gmail.com. Pitch as many ideas as you want!! We want to hear them all! #findyourpath #pitchyourpassion #communityfirst (at Miles Mack Rec. Center)

The Philadelphia Commission on Parks and Recreation wants YOU to “Pitch Your Passion” for innovative projects & programs!

On Weds Oct. 22nd at 6pm, the Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold a community meeting at Miles Mack Recreation Center (732-66 North 36th Street) to announce the launch of “Pitch Your Path”, a citywide initiative inviting all citizens to make a “pitch” for innovative ideas to improve the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation system. Make a video, take a picture, or write a brief summary and either post it to the Pitch Your Passion Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PitchYourPassionPhilly) or send it in via email to PitchYourPassion@gmail.com. Pitch as many ideas as you want!! We want to hear them all! #findyourpath #pitchyourpassion #communityfirst (at Miles Mack Rec. Center)

"The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person…" - Andy Rooney 

Youth from Rivera Recreation Center (located at 5th & Allegheny) intermingle with older adults from adjacent Mann Older Adult Center in their joint garden. This partnership, under the instruction of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s Urban Agriculture Program, has created an intergenerational garden in which older adults are committed to working with the youth in a garden based education program. #motivationalmonday #findyourpath #teachme

"The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person…" - Andy Rooney

Youth from Rivera Recreation Center (located at 5th & Allegheny) intermingle with older adults from adjacent Mann Older Adult Center in their joint garden. This partnership, under the instruction of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s Urban Agriculture Program, has created an intergenerational garden in which older adults are committed to working with the youth in a garden based education program. #motivationalmonday #findyourpath #teachme

"Find Your Path" Stories: Brittaney Foreman

imagePhoto: Children from John Anderson Cultural Center stand by their artwork on display in the LOVE Park Welcome Center

Brittaney Foreman, Volunteer
John Anderson Cultural Center

While volunteering one’s time is often considered a noble deed, it is rare to hear about the extensive, positive impact that volunteering can have on a community. However Brittaney Foreman, a volunteer at John Anderson Cultural Center in Wynnefield, learned just how vital volunteers are in helping people “find their paths” and encourages more people to get involved.

Brittaney, a Wynnefield native, works with her father, a Ward Leader and block captain who has always been highly involved with his community. Brittaney asked to volunteer at John Anderson last November as a way to further give back to the community. “It is so valuable to have a place like this here,” she explains. In addition, Brittaney loves kids and admits that her 2-year-old daughter inspired her to work more with children.

“When I started at my center, I didn’t know what to expect,” explains Alberta Gibson, Recreation Leader at John Anderson. “After a while, I got to know the community and all of the groups here at the center. There was one young lady who stood out from the rest. She helped organize and hang numerous art shows within the city, offered help with the art club and whatever the center needed. She was a ray of sunshine and very positive. The children all loved her and looked for Miss Brittaney Foreman every Monday and Thursday at the art club.”

The Nutcracker contest (a contest run by the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Visual Art Program and judged by the Pennsylvania Ballet company) was one of the first projects Brittaney worked on with Alberta and her students, and the memory of this project sticks with her to this day. “You take nothing, like toilet paper rolls, make it into a doll, and you see how excited the kids get. I would have never thought to do that on my own, but I love it,” says Brittaney, who eagerly looks forward to this year’s Nutcracker contest.

In addition to the Nutcracker, Brittaney helped Alberta install student artwork at the LOVE Park Welcome Center. When Alberta received a call for artwork from the Welcome Center staff, she took the initiative to include work from other artists at John Anderson as well as her art club students to be hung along with her personal artwork. As a result, John Anderson is the only recreation center that has had artwork hung in the Welcome Center. When Brittaney was asked about her motivation to help with this project, she said, “I just wanted the students’ work to be seen. “I just wanted to show the kids what their art could be, and who it could reach.”

“Brittaney is an inspiration to me and to others,” Alberta explains. “She always brings a smile and a helping hand! Never underestimate a great volunteer; they are an important part of what makes our center work!”

Brittaney reflects on how her work at John Anderson opened her eyes to the vital need for volunteering and how it helps people grow. November 2014 will be the one-year mark for Brittaney’s volunteer service at the center, and she aspires to work for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation in the future. “I want to work for Parks and Rec, not just one center, because they do so much for the community. I hope more people volunteer too.”

Learn more about how to Get Involved with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Happy Birthday Billy! You don’t look a day over 300!!

On this day in 1644, Pennsylvania founder William Penn was born! After establishing what is now the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, he supervised the planning & development of Philadelphia. #findyourpath #williampenn #birthdaybash #birthdaybill

Happy Birthday Billy! You don’t look a day over 300!!

On this day in 1644, Pennsylvania founder William Penn was born! After establishing what is now the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, he supervised the planning & development of Philadelphia. #findyourpath #williampenn #birthdaybash #birthdaybill

#findyourpath to The Oval today through Sunday for #ferriswheel #games #movienights #food #wine #cider as well as the @PSNLeagues Fall Festival #Cornhole Tournament (cash prizes) tomorrow!

#findyourpath to The Oval today through Sunday for #ferriswheel #games #movienights #food #wine #cider as well as the @PSNLeagues Fall Festival #Cornhole Tournament (cash prizes) tomorrow!

Gene Davis putting the finishing touches on “Franklin’s Footpath” in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  

Before Eakins Oval became the “Park on the Parkway”, where we cooled off on a sandy beach towel or flew away on a magic carpet ride, it was home to the bright vertical stripes of Davis’ “Franklin’s Footpath”. At 414ft, it was the world’s largest piece of artwork at the time and was prominently featured in the June 16, 1972 issue of Life magazine. #throwbackthursday #findyourpath #stripesonanoval (at Eakins Oval)

Gene Davis putting the finishing touches on “Franklin’s Footpath” in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Before Eakins Oval became the “Park on the Parkway”, where we cooled off on a sandy beach towel or flew away on a magic carpet ride, it was home to the bright vertical stripes of Davis’ “Franklin’s Footpath”. At 414ft, it was the world’s largest piece of artwork at the time and was prominently featured in the June 16, 1972 issue of Life magazine. #throwbackthursday #findyourpath #stripesonanoval (at Eakins Oval)

"People Who Make A Difference." - Pat Sanaghan 

We work to make a difference in people’s lives through the wide range of programs, services, parks and facilities that we offer to Philadelphia citizens. Visit findyourpathphilly.org to learn more about how we can make a difference in YOUR life! #findyourpath #5wordwednesday #makeadifference

"People Who Make A Difference." - Pat Sanaghan

We work to make a difference in people’s lives through the wide range of programs, services, parks and facilities that we offer to Philadelphia citizens. Visit findyourpathphilly.org to learn more about how we can make a difference in YOUR life! #findyourpath #5wordwednesday #makeadifference

#findyourpath to #VeniceIsland Performing Arts Center in #Manayunk, officially open today! @PhillyH2O @ManayunkDotCom

#findyourpath to #VeniceIsland Performing Arts Center in #Manayunk, officially open today! @PhillyH2O @ManayunkDotCom

"Many activities and team play participation will give you a training that will prove invaluable later on in life." - Jeremy Gilley
#motivationalmonday #findyourpath #dancelikenooneswatching #sneakapeek

"Many activities and team play participation will give you a training that will prove invaluable later on in life." - Jeremy Gilley
#motivationalmonday #findyourpath #dancelikenooneswatching #sneakapeek

You never know what sport you’re going to pick up at your local rec center! Thanks @phillywomensrugby for sharing this #findyourpath moment from your rugby clinic at Miles Mack Rec Center! Looks like you had a blast!
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“Had an amazing time yesterday teaching some rugby basics to the kids at Miles Mack Playground! #Philly #PhillyPlay #rugby #growthegame #rugbyPA #findyourpath” (at Miles Mack Rec. Center)

You never know what sport you’re going to pick up at your local rec center! Thanks @phillywomensrugby for sharing this #findyourpath moment from your rugby clinic at Miles Mack Rec Center! Looks like you had a blast!
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“Had an amazing time yesterday teaching some rugby basics to the kids at Miles Mack Playground! #Philly #PhillyPlay #rugby #growthegame #rugbyPA #findyourpath” (at Miles Mack Rec. Center)