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$2.2 million playground with special ‘intergenerational’ swing opens at 8th and Diamond

All of the new features came to North Philadelphia as a result of a unique collaboration between Kenney’s Rebuild Initiative, the city’s Division of Housing and Community Development, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.

Children play on the swings during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the rebuilt 8th and Diamond Playground. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

The agencies were able to rely on funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, including a federal Choice Neighborhoods Grant and Kenney’s Rebuild Initiative, which is funded by the city’s tax on sugary beverages. PHS served as the consultant for landscape design, planning, and project management for renovation.

“The citizens of the 8th & Diamond neighborhood in North Philadelphia have long deserved a park that matches their energy and their love of community,” said City Council President Darrell L. Clarke. “These renovations and expansion will give neighbors a place to come together, share memories, recreate and thrive.”

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