On May 31, 2023 Mayor Kenney was joined by Councilmember Jamie Gauthier (3rd District), State House Speaker Joanna McClinton, students from Add B. Anderson Middle School, and community members for the Cobbs Creek Nature Playground ribbon cutting.
Investments into the playground are part of more than $25 million in renovations coming to the Cobbs Creek neighborhood via Rebuild. Totaling $1.6 million in investment, the Cobbs Creek site has been updated with the following:
- New nature-themed, solid wood, play equipment including swings, climbing, colorful play mounds, and water misters to foster imaginative play
- Safety surfaces
- Water fountain
- Newly planted trees
- On-site seating (made from refurbished tree stumps and logs)
- Lawn area
- Concrete walking paths
- Updated signage
- Trash receptacles
- Pedestrian lighting and security cameras
- The Rebuild program will invest more than $500 million in Philadelphia’s parks, recreation centers, and libraries. Made possible by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax, Rebuild prioritizes sites in high-need neighborhoods, as well as sites that are in extremely poor condition.
Councilmember Jamie Gauthier shared her thoughts on the project, “I am so excited that just in time for summer, Cobbs Creek will have this new-state-of-the-art playground to gather, build community, and play! Like many neighborhoods Cobbs Creek is struggling with gun violence, which is why now more than ever this community’s young people need access to world-class public resources. I cannot wait to hear about all the memories Cobbs Creek’s children will make this summer — and for generations to come — at the new playground!”