Mayor joins Councilmember Bobby Henon and City officials to hold a ceremonial ribbon cutting
PHILADELPHIA – Mayor Kenney alongside Councilmember Bobby Henon, Rebuild Executive Director Kira Strong and City Officials today celebrated the completion of a $960,000 renovation project at Moss Playground in Wissinoming. The Moss Playground project is made possible by Rebuild, the Kenney Administration’s signature initiative to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in neighborhood parks, recreation centers, and libraries.
“Rebuild is making critical investments in beloved neighborhood spaces at a time when residents need them most,” said Mayor Kenney. “With this investment, Moss Playground is in a strong position to continue serving as Wissinoming’s unofficial community hub.”
To date, Rebuild has completed 42 capital projects across the city to improve neighborhood parks, recreation centers, and libraries. The program currently has work underway at 65 facilities in various neighborhoods, representing over $160 million in committed funds.
“This community’s dedication to its children and each other is inspiring,” Councilmember Bobby Henon said. “It is a joy to represent such a dynamic and caring community. I’m so pleased that through Rebuild we are able to give Moss the investment this neighborhood deserves. My thanks to all the partners here for sharing the community’s dedication to this playground, and all of our neighborhood assets in District 6.”
“Rebuild is delivering an investment that is long overdue to our city’s neighborhoods,” said Rebuild Executive Director Kira Strong. “We know how important a safe and well designed park, playground or library can be to help neighborhoods thrive.”
Rebuild improvements at Moss Playground include a new playground, new basketball courts and a cheer pod, 800 ft of new sidewalks, new tree plantings and landscaping, and interior and exterior painting of the small recreation building on site.
Moss Playground is a 3.7-acre site in Wissinoming, that includes a batting cage, sports field, and basketball courts. There is also a one-room building with a kitchen. In 1952 the field was named Pvt. Victor J. Moss Memorial Field in honor of a local resident who lost his life during WWII.
To stay up to date with Rebuild, visit rebuild.phila.gov.
Rebuilding Community Infrastructure (Rebuild) is an investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in neighborhood parks, recreation centers and libraries. Proposed in Mayor Jim Kenney’s first budget as a part of his vision for a more equitable Philadelphia, Rebuild seeks to improve pivotal community spaces, empower and engage communities, and promote economic opportunity through diversity and inclusion. Rebuild is a public private partnership made possible by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax.
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) advances the prosperity of the city and the progress of her people through intentional and sustained stewardship of nearly 10,200 acres of public land and waterways as well as through hundreds of safe, stimulating recreation, environmental and cultural centers. PPR promotes the well-being and growth of the city’s residents by connecting them to the natural world around them, to each other and to fun, physical and social opportunities. PPR is responsible for the upkeep of historically significant Philadelphia events and specialty venues, and works collaboratively with communities and organizations in leading capital projects and the introduction of inventive programming. To learn more about Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, visit us at www.phila.gov/parksandrec, and follow @philaparkandrec on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram