Kids get a chance to give their input to help redevelop recreation center

Justin Udo
July 22, 2019 - 4:00 am
Philadelphia's tiniest residents get a chance to give their input on the redevelopment of a neighborhood park, and the job is no small task.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia's tiniest residents get a chance to give their input on the redevelopment of a neighborhood park, and the job is no small task.

The city of Philadelphia is investing $1.8 million in redeveloping the Heitzman Recreation Center in Harrowgate.

Part of that renovation includes a new playground to replace the tattered slides and play set that are currently there.

"One little boy really wants a maze, so I'm going to transfer that into an obstacle course," said Julie Bush, principal at Ground Reconsidered, the landscape architecture company redesigning the play area.

She and her group held a workshop with kids at the center, where they got the kids' feedback through drawings and writings on what they want in a new park. 

"They're going to be the ones using it, and at the end of the day, we're not going to be here. Once it's said and done, they're the ones who are going to have to maintain it and use it and love it," Bush said. 

Philadelphia's tiniest residents get a chance to give their input on the redevelopment of a neighborhood park, and the job is no small task.
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Nathan had some pretty lofty expectations for the park.

"Arcade games, water slides," he said. 

Honesty had a more grounded approach.

"Playhouses for the little ones, dog parks for the dogs, because we have a lot of dogs come here, and swings," she said. 

Bush says they are going to consider the ideas given to them by their tiny clients as they draw up their plans for the playground.