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Refurbished Playground Puts New Sparkle on a Fairmount Enclave

By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Kids in the tiny community of Francisville, in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia, have a brand new, beautiful playground to call their own.

It might be the end of the swim-and-sprayground season, but children in the city’s Francisville neighborhood, near 18th and Fairmount Avenue, may still get a little playtime this fall at the newly renovated Francisville Playground.

At today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, City Council president Darrell Clarke (fourth from left in photo) said the $275,000 restoration project was completed in about a month.

“This was relatively quick,” he said.  “The (Parks and Recreation) department’s gotten real good at analyzing the need, working with the local community.  They came up with a design and incorporated funding from the City of Philadelphia’s capital program.”

He says this newly revamped playground is an example of how this part of the city is changing for the better.

“Yeah, we’re in proximity to North Broad, we anticipate that some of the spillover from some of the developments on North Broad will move down Fairmount Avenue,” he said, “and I’m looking for two, three years out this will be a completely different commercial environment.”

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