by Beccah Hendrickson
On 15th and York Streets in North Philadelphia, the community is rediscovering Winchester Park.
The rec center had been vacant for the past five years, after being unstaffed under the previous city administration. The community leaders who pushed for the project said it is vital to the neighborhood’s survival.
“People are too busy trying to survive to figure out how to reimagine our community,” said Tinamarie Russell, who heads the North Central Philadelphia Community Development Center.
“We wanted to know why the rec center was closed and how we could get it reopened,” she said.