$300k raised for Smith Playground revitalization project

Earlier this month we told you about the plans to renovate Smith Playground at 24th and Jackson after the success of the almost-completed Ralph Brooks Park revitalization project.


At a benefit concert at Union Transfer, which featured artists including Mac Demarco and Parquet Courts, the Make the World Better Project raised $300,000 for the Smith Playground revitalization.

The 7.5 acre park site is in desperate need of repair. The money raised at this concert, in addition to contributions from stakeholders including Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s office, the Philadelphia Water Department, Philly Rising and Parks and Recreation, will go towards restoring the park and recreating the site as a location for the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

At last year’s benefit concert for Ralph Brooks Park, $185,000 was raised for the park.

2 thoughts on “$300k raised for Smith Playground revitalization project

  • June 30, 2015 at 11:44 am

    It would be great to see this project become a reality. An upgrade is pretty desperately needed

  • July 1, 2015 at 6:37 am

    I’m thrilled. This is my students’ park and it is beyond disrepair. I’m happy to see that things are being done in an underserved community.
    I know the SPUYG girls basketball camp also helped in these efforts. You’ll see them working their asses off all summer in that park.

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