Flyers partner to build playground in Kensington

September 28, 2012 3:14:06 PM PDT
The Philadelphia Flyers and others have partnered to build a playground in an area in Kensington known for drugs.

For residents of the 600 hundred block of Indiana Avenue, it's not uncommon to find drug needles outside their homes and cocaine bags in McPherson Square Park, across the street.

The place has been known as "Needle Park" for decades however Friday was the beginning of an effort to change that.

The playground project was a combined effort between the Flyers, Wells Fargo and others including Kaboom, which teaches communities to recognize the importance of play-time for children.

"What we found here with here with our partner Wells Fargo and with the city of Philadelphia was a neighborhood that was deprived of an area for children to play," said Ike Richman, Comcast Spectacor.

On hand Friday, were former Flyers including Derian Hatcher, who retired three years ago.

"I grew up building houses and decks with my dad so they had me in the woodworking department over here, it was fun," said Hatcher.

"We feel like it's important and worthwhile and we could do it today so we just came out," said Heather Hatcher.

We caught up with Bob, "The Hound" Kelly, one of the Broad Street Bullies, mixing cement.

"It's important to give back. The partnership with Kaboom, Wells Fargo and everybody else is just a great situation," said Kelly.

Kaboom has built more than 2100 playgrounds since it was founded in 1996. This is just one of 150 projects the non-profit is sponsoring across the country, this year alone.


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