Rebuild at Heitzman Recreation Center

Administered by Philadelphia's Managing Director's Office, Rebuild

is a program funded by Philadelphia's sugary beverage tax that is investing in neighborhood parks, rec centers, and libraries. Kensington-based community organization IMPACT Services was selected to lead Rebuild plans at Heitzman Recreation Center, which included deep community engagement.


I served as a consultant leading a PhotoVoice project with teenagers at the center. Over three sessions, we talked about how photos can tell stories, making compelling photographs, and conditions at Heitzman. Teens were given disposable cameras and asked to photograph aspects of the center that they liked, parts that could be improved, and features at other recreation facilities that they'd like to see come to Heitzman. The cameras were processed, and teens returned to group the photos into "like," "improve," and "wish list" categories. They then hosted an open house for the community to give additional feedback via comment cards.

Check out Rebuild's write up on Heitzman here.

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