Fitzgerald announces $2 million grant for Simons Rec Center

Fitzgerald announces $2 million grant for Simons Rec Center

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 29 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., today announced that a $2 million state grant will go to the Simons' Outdoor Renovation Project.

The project will include new construction and renovation of the Simons Recreation Center. Renovation of the Simons Recreation Center will be funded by Philadelphia Rebuild, a city of Philadelphia multimillion dollar program that renovates recreation centers, parks and libraries. The project is in partnership with Mayor Jim Kenney and Councilwoman Cherelle Parker.

The construction component of the project includes a new play area, track, multi-use athletic field, handball court and tennis courts. The renovation component includes renovation work on the existing recreation center building, specifically exterior improvements on the roof.

“Projects like the Simons’ Rec Center are important to our community in so many ways,” Fitzgerald said. “I appreciate the fact that the governor continues to ensure funding for these projects, especially now while we are struggling in Covid, so that the residents of our community will benefit from this project down the line.”

The grant money is part of the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, a commonwealth grant program that is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement programs.