Hartranft Playground Community Timeline A collective history of the playground at 9th and Cumberland
Building a shared story of the courts’ past will help us move forward together.
The information you see was collected through interviews and archival research. But we know there is much more history to add. Exhibit visitors were invited to take a card and share your own memory or story. You can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to add memories, or check out the Hartranft Through The Years Facebook page.
There is also a section for memories that have not happened yet. Under the “Future” section, our visitors shared visions what they would like to see happen at the courts. Some of them have already come to pass. The rest is up to you.
The timeline is a mix of archival articles, photos, community memories and dates taken from Philly and US history. Photo: Ricky Yanas
Community members Kim and Mikal check out the Community Timeline. Photo: Breanne Furlong
The timeline was laid out across one wall in the exhibit space. Photo: Ricky Yanas
School groups visited to add their contributions to the timeline.
A young person added a favorite memory from the courts. Photo: Ricky Yanas
Visions and memories. Photo: Ricky Yanas
Hopes for the future. Photo: Ricky Yanas
1967: Model Cities funds Hartranft Recreation Center planning
1970: Hartranft Unit Gets Grant for New Building
1980s: Summer Basketball Leagues Thrive
2000s: Hard Times
Hartranft Playground Historical Photos Shared by neighbors and friends of the courts