Clayborn & Lewis Service Day

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On June 17, 2014 Philadelphia Parks and Recreation & Fairmout Park Concervancy teamed up with the PA Municipal League, PA DCNR, and local community members to revitalize the Clayborn & Lewis Playground. The PA Municipal league was in town for their 115th Annual Convention, and kicked off their stay in Philadelphia with a service project in West Philadelphia. The 57 total volunteers led by the Stewardship Unit were able to complete seven service projects to spruce up the playground and kick off the summer season. The volunteers assembled new playground equipment, repainted the basketball court and surrounding walls, repainted the picnic tables, planted new flower beds, redesigned bulletin boards, and had a general clean up of the playground and surrounding area. In addition, PPR staff installed a much-needed air conditioner for the community room inside the building. PPR Tree Keepers, Power Corps members, and District 8 Operations led by Lori and Rob also joined the service day and helped clear the overgrown wooded area behind the playground. PPR Skilled Trades also pitched in with special support from painters Bill and Crystal, along with playground specialist Mike Grone and his team. DJ Patty-Pat kept everyone whistling while they worked. The volunteers worked hard straight through to lunch time, and by the end of the service day the playground was truly transformed. They were then treated to a Philly-style lunch of hoagies and pretzels.

Special thanks to Leroy Lewis, a community leader who volunteers at the playground year round. This is a labor of love for Leroy, who serves his community in memory of his brother, one of the playground’s namesakes.

“Thanks to the great work which was done today, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the PA DCNR, children and families in this neighborhood will have a wonderful, safe place to get active and stay healthy.” – Mayor NutterClaybornLewis3 ClaybornLewis2 ClaybornLewis1

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