Holmesburg Civic gives update on Ramp Playground

Leo Dig­nam, a deputy com­mis­sion­er for the city De­part­ment of Parks and Re­cre­ation, last week told mem­bers of the Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation that work is pro­gress­ing well at Ramp Play­ground, which is get­ting a new ar­ti­fi­cial turf sur­face.

Seravalli Con­tract­ors Inc. is per­form­ing the work, and it could be done by the end of Janu­ary. The com­pany put the turf down at Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln High School’s Bar­foot Bowl.

“They’re mov­ing along very nicely,” Dig­nam said of the Ramp pro­ject.

Dig­nam, a 1977 Fath­er Judge High School gradu­ate who was the re­cre­ation lead­er at Ramp from 1986-95, said the school wanted to buy the play­ground in 2006, but the site — at Row­land and Solly av­en­ues — is too well-used for the city to aban­don.

“Oh no, you’re not go­ing to buy Ramp Play­ground,” he re­mem­bers say­ing five years ago at a meet­ing.

The bas­ket­ball courts, foot hockey court and play­ground equip­ment will re­main. The oth­er half of the prop­erty will be con­ver­ted in­to a base­ball field and a multi-pur­pose field.

“They’re go­ing to be beau­ti­ful-look­ing fields,” Dig­nam said.

The mul­tipur­pose field will be used for soc­cer, lacrosse, rugby and JV and fresh­man foot­ball games and varsity foot­ball prac­tices. The rest of the grounds will in­clude new fen­cing, light­ing, score­boards and bleach­ers. Also, the side­walks on the peri­met­er of the prop­erty will be re­paired.

Oth­er groups in­clud­ing Crispin Gar­dens Ath­let­ic Club, Lans­ing Knights Youth Or­gan­iz­a­tion and St. Jerome CYO will be per­mit­ted to con­tin­ue us­ing the fields.

A hill used for sled­ding dur­ing snowstorms has been elim­in­ated.

The pre­vi­ous foot­ball field was known by some as the “Dust Bowl” be­cause of the amount of dirt that was kicked up dur­ing games. There will be por­ous as­phalt between the fields that will al­low for max­im­um wa­ter drain­age.

The $2.8 mil­lion pro­ject is be­ing paid for by the Friends of Fath­er Judge High School Inc. and the city.

Holmes­burg Play­ground opened in 1961 on the site of a former quarry. Today, it is named in memory of James J. Ramp, a po­lice of­ficer who lived on nearby Ar­thur Street who was killed in a 1978 show­down with the rad­ic­al group MOVE in Pow­elton Vil­lage.

In oth­er news from the Dec. 13 meet­ing:

• Floss Flade has been named act­ing vice pres­id­ent. She re­places Patti Vaughn, who gave up the po­s­i­tion. Flade will serve un­til the next sched­uled elec­tion, in Novem­ber.

• The Ta­cony and Holmes­burg/Up­per May­fair Town Watch groups are look­ing for mem­bers.

Gen­er­ally, mem­bers patrol Fri­days and Sat­urdays from 8:30 p.m. to mid­night. Call 215-335-3438 or vis­it www.tactw.org

• The 15th Po­lice Dis­trict will hold a Po­lice Ser­vice Area 3 meet­ing on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m., at Ta­cony Baptist Church, at He­ger­man and Dis­ston streets.

• Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet on Tues­day, Jan. 10, at 7:15 p.m., at Holmes­burg Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, at Dit­man and Rhawn streets. ••

Re­port­er Tom War­ing can be reached at 215-354-3034 or twar­ing@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

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