Trinity Church Oxford Parish House will be home to Kinder Academy, future Philadelphia PAL state-of-the-art facility
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 13 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today joined community leaders at the historic Trinity Church Oxford Parish House to announce that Kinder Academy will call the Parish House home and that the Philadelphia Police Department Police Athletic League plans to move into a state-of-the-art facility to be built at the property.
“From the Parish House facing demolition two years ago, to now, with the site’s future and historic preservation ensured – what a journey it has been,” Solomon said. “I am so happy to have been part of the effort to preserve this beautiful and historic Parish House and green space. And I am thrilled that Trinity Church Oxford is providing the means to enrich the lives of our children, through Kinder Academy’s services and through the future PAL program.”
Stephanie Wein, Clean Water and Conservation Advocate with PennEnvironment, said, “We’re grateful to Representative Solomon for the work he has invested to find occupants for this property that will allow it to remain green space. We couldn’t be happier that this historic space has been preserved.”
Leslie Spina, Executive Director of Kinder Academy stated, “as Kinder Academy enters its 25th year of providing high-quality early childhood education to the children and families of Philadelphia, we are excited to partner with the Vestry at Trinity Church Oxford, the Episcopal Diocese and PAL, in the redevelopment of this historic property into a high-quality preschool that will serve the church, children and families of the community for decades to come.”
Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner Joseph Sullivan said, “The PPD is grateful to Representative Jared Solomon for his unrelenting pursuit of this incredibly important endeavor that will result in the construction of a state-of-the-art facility, where neighborhood children, with the support of Philly Police and PAL mentoring, will come to realize the limitless potential that resides within them.”
Trinity Church Oxford vestryman Kyle Sammin said, “Trinity Church Oxford looks forward to the redevelopment of the Parish House in conjunction with Kinder Academy’s management services. We are confident this partnership will enable us to reinvigorate our mission to serve the children and families of our community while also preserving and improving our facilities.”
For more than two years, Solomon has worked with various community groups to secure the site and to ensure its preservation.