Cephas secures $250,000 grant for Shepard Recreation Center Football Field

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced today that a portion of a state grant is headed to Shepard Recreation Center, a community recreation center in the Haddington section of the 192nd Legislative District. The center is among more than 400 neighborhood parks and recreation centers across Philadelphia awarded a $250,000 state grant for revitalization efforts.

A portion of the quarter-million-dollar grant from the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program, funded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, will focus on the fields of Shepard Recreation Center and include fence installation surrounding the fields and replacement of goal posts, benches, bleachers and landscaping. The project will also include the construction of a concession stand with storage space for sports equipment.

“Shepard Recreation Center has been a longstanding neighborhood park where many children in the neighborhood play,” Cephas said. “I am pleased to have worked with Coach Nate Reed of the local Panther’s football team to bring these resources to the center. We all know the role that a thriving recreation center contributes in the overall success of improving our communities and I couldn’t be happier to recognize Shepard one of those thriving centers. On behalf of the families in my district, I look forward to continuing to advocate for funding for resources to help prolong the existence of these many neighborhood centers for many more years to come.”

Philadelphia Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. added, “Not every neighborhood child can afford to get to Disney World, but through local recreation centers, they can find global experiences that can last a lifetime." 

The cost of the project totals $300,000.