Best of the River Wards 2012: Best Park

Win­ner: Camp­bell Square at Bel­grade Street and Al­legheny Ave.

Walk past Camp­bell Square on any typ­ic­al sunny week­end and you might see a few things - a group of old friends, a pair of moth­ers push­ing their young chil­dren in strolles or a neigh­bor­hood res­id­ent with a green thumb tend­ing to the flower beds. 

The park has had prob­lems in the past with lit­ter, van­dal­ism and drug users, but it has stead­ily im­proved thanks to con­cerned loc­als and mem­bers of The Friends of Camp­bell Square. 

Now the group hosts events each month in the square and May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter even of­fi­ci­ated the wed­ding of Phil­adelphia Po­lice Of­ficer Samuel Tribuiani in the park in May. 

Star spoke to Friends of Camp­bell Square sec­ret­ary Susan Ongirski in June for a story about her work in the park. Here’s what she had to say:

“It’s gorgeus now. There are four or five new gardins [in the park] and we’ve had a his­tor­ic­al sign and benches put in,” she said. “To see the park be­ing used makes me feel so good. I am proud.” 

To learn more about The Friends of Camp­bell Square’s work in the park, vis­it www.face­­bell­square. 

- Mi­kala Jam­is­on

Run­ner Up: Frank Glav­in Me­mori­al Play­ground (A&W) at E. West­emo­re­land Street and Al­mond St.

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