Heaps of broken concrete had spilled across Cobbs Creek Park. Chain-link fences were mangled in Hunting Park in North Philadelphia. West Philly’s Rose Playground had rusted metal and chipped paint. Across Philadelphia, many parks had water fountains and restrooms that didn’t work at all.

In the 44 parks inspected by the Philadelphia Parks Alliance in 2007 — a small portion of the city’s system — 90 percent struggled with dumping and trash, the nonprofit advocacy group found. Nearly 75 percent had neglected grounds.

 

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credit: by Caitlin McCabe, inquirer.com