Cephas secures $39,000 planning grant to revitalize the Tustin Recreation Center

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today announced a $39,100 grant will jumpstart efforts to revitalize the Tustin Recreation Center and address its deteriorating conditions.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funding to hire a consulting team to complete two assessment phases:

  • Phase 1: Consists of site and building analysis and program assessment.
  • Phase 2: Includes design alternatives, illustrative site plan alternatives, prepare cost estimates for proposed improvements, and propose phasing options for proposed improvements.

"The Tustin Recreation Center provides a fun and safe multigenerational space for area residents to play, exercise and congregate, which is essential in building a strong neighborhood,” Cephas said. "The funding ultimately will help develop a master plan, driven by residents who will determine and prioritize the structural improvements needed to keep the center a thriving asset for our community."  

"This grant is a long-awaited chance for the community to get involved in what happens here and provides a great opportunity to enhance our facilities as well as our programming," said Sheldon Robinson, Tustin Advisory Council president. "This historic recreation center is the place where generations of Overbrook and West Philadelphia families call home, and we look forward to carrying on the tradition that is Tustin Playground."

Gregory J. Allen, founder and president of the Overbrook West Neighbors Community Development Corporation said: "The impact that Tustin Playground has on the Overbrook community cannot be understated. Tustin Playground is the keystone of our neighborhood, a central gathering place, and a link for the upper Lancaster Avenue business corridor. On behalf of our neighbors, we are genuinely grateful to Representative Cephas and her team for their support.”

The total project is estimated to cost $46,000.

Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program projects involve development, rehabilitation and improvements to public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails and river conservation.