PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A $2.9 million playground make-over is now moving forward thanks to some help from a well-known name in Philadelphia football circles.
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City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin joined forces in raising money to renovate the 7-and a half acre Smith Recreation Center Facility.
At the groundbreaking Monday morning, Mayor Michael Nutter said he was double-teamed by the two to get money out of the city budget, and Nutter was able to provide $400,000.READ MORE: 21-Year-Old Woman Killed After Disgruntled Patron Fires At Least 15 Shots Into Northeast Philadelphia Bar, Police Say
“This project is now going to happen, congratulations.”
Barwin, and his “Make the World Better Foundation,” held a concert at Union Transfer this summer which raised $300,000 for the cause.
“So proud to be a part of something like this because there’s an entire community involved and this will result in creating a healthier South Philadelphia for the kids that live in this neighborhood.”MORE NEWS: Nearly 200 Graduates Celebrate GED Diploma In First Citywide Commencement In 3 Years
The re-do will include a green stormwater infrastructure and rain gardens.