Ryan Howard Goes to Bat for Hunting Park

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The Philadelphia Phillies’ Ryan Howard announced the launch of his new foundation to improve the lives of disadvantaged families on June 17, and his first project is the revitalization of Hunting Park. The Ryan Howard Family Foundation is donating $50,000 to support efforts to revive the park in North Philadelphia.

Proceeds of the Philadelphia Flower Show support Philadelphia Green, the urban revitalization program of PHS. Philadelphia Green is working with the Fairmount Park Conservancy on the creation of a new master plan for Hunting Park as the coordinator of community engagement on the project.

At the announcement in the park on Wednesday, attended by dozens of fans of the Phillies slugger, Howard said his foundation will support programs in Philadelphia and in his hometown, St. Louis. “One of the first projects is the revitalization of Hunting Park,” he said, because he recognizes “the important role of the park in the community.”

The next meeting of the newly forming friends group of Hunting Park will be Saturday, July 11, at 10 a.m. in the Hunting Park Recreation Center, between 9th Street and Old York Road. Community members interested in helping clean, green and care for the long-neglected park are invited to attend. For more information, call Tammy Leigh DeMent, PHS Parks Project Manager, at 215-988-8870.

One Response to “Ryan Howard Goes to Bat for Hunting Park”

  1. Ron Miller Says:

    Hats off to Ryan Howard for his charitable effort to revitalize Hunting Park. When I was a kid I loved going there. BIG swimming pool, ball fields, tons of tennis courts, and the CAROUSEL!

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