As part of a $3.5 million project to build 15 mini-pitches and 2 full-size signature fields, the Philadelphia Union Foundation, in partnership with Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer and Rebuild, joined Mayor Kenney, Councilmember Mark Squilla, Rebuild, city officials, and members of the community to cut the ribbon on the newest mini-pitch at Capitolo Playground. This is the second of 15 mini-pitches along with two full-sized fields that will be built. Additionally, Capitolo Playground received renovations as a part of Philadelphia’s Rebuild initiative.
The Philadelphia Union Foundation is dedicated to providing safe spaces to play for children in Chester and the greater Philadelphia areas. Prior to the ribbon cutting, Mayor Kenney spoke of the disparity between sports fields available in rural areas versus urban areas, “We drive by places like this and see nothing but dust blowing, and now we have beautiful grass.” Also there to celebrate and give thanks, Executive Director Paul Howard took the stage and asked, “Wouldn’t it be great if the next Philadelphia home-grown superstar came from right here in South Philly?” The Foundation plans on opening 2 more mini-pitches this year along with the launch of AFC Chester, a recreational soccer team for youth in Chester, PA.
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