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11 Nov 2011

GMC and United Way build new playground in Hunting Park with the help of volunteers

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November 11, 2011 Category: Oasis Posted by:

JAWS Youth Fund, Fairmont Park Conservancy, and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation partner to encourage healthy lifestyles for youth


ABOVE PHOTO: More than 50 volunteers from GMC, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Hunting Park community, JAWS Youth Fund and the Fairmount Park Conservancy built a United Way Healthy Kids Zone-Driven by GMC on November 4th! The playground equipment is funded by GMC and supplied by GameTime. This is the sixth of nine playground builds led by GMC and United Way, taking place in NFL markets across the country as part of the GMC Monday Night Football Tour.

(Photo by GMC and United Way)


GMC and United Way were joined by Hunting Park United, JAWS Youth Playbook, Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to build a United Way Healthy Kids Zone-Driven by GMC last week. Over 50 volunteers and a few celebrity builders, including City of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and former Philadelphia Eagles players Ron Jaworski, Vince Papale, Mike Mamula and Fred Barnett, helped build a playground to provide a place for children to play in the North Philadelphia community.


The new playground is a component of the Hunting Park Revitalization Project, led by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy, which is aimed at creating a safe and well-maintained park space that will provide a place for healthy recreation for children and families, bring neighbors together and serve as a catalyst for a larger neighborhood renewal.


PHOTO: Former Philadelphia Eagle Ron Jaworski gave a pep talk to a young park steward Joseph Fisher during the Hunting Park Playground Build led by GMC and United Way.

(Photo by GMC and United Way)


“We want to make sure that every acre in Hunting Park is being utilized and every amenity is a positive and safe resource for the community,” said Kathryn Ott Lovell, Executive Director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy. “Parks have the ability to provide positive change to neighborhoods and the people that inhabit them. It’s critical that we make Hunting Park an excellent and healthy resource for the community and this playground is another step in the right direction.”


At the event, attended by the mayor, representatives from these partner organizations spoke to encourage healthy lifestyles for youth and promote volunteerism to benefit the local community. Emceeing the event was former Philadelphia Eagle Ron Jaworski, Chairman of Jaws Youth Playbook.


“GMC recognizes how important it is to create new opportunities for young people to have a safe place for recreation, allowing them to lead healthier lifestyles,” said Craig Bierley, GMC Advertising and Sales Promotion director. “By working with United Way, GMC is helping make communities stronger.”


This is the sixth of nine playground builds led by GMC and United Way, taking place in NFL markets across the country as part of the GMC Monday Night Football tour.


“Volunteerism is at the heart of United Way’s mission. Our unique role in the community allows us to mobilize businesses, organizations and individuals to help address community-level needs,” said Jill Michal, President & CEO of United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. “Today is an incredible example of that work in action – this gift from GMC provided an opportunity for these partners to come together and make a difference in the Hunting Park community.”


The playground equipment in Hunting Park was funded by GMC and supplied by GameTime. Volunteers from local GMC dealer FC Kerbeck in Pennsauken, NJ, also helped build the playground in Philadelphia.

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