Renovations complete at Burholme Park Playground

City Councilman Brian O’Neill led a ceremony celebrating the renovations.

Play time: Officials cut a ribbon to celebrate new play equipment at Burholme Park Playground. Pictured are (above, from left) John Kirincich, of Burholme Golf & Family Entertainment; Kathryn Ott Lovell, Commissioner of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation; State Sen. Christine Tartaglione; Councilman Brian O’Neill; State Rep. Kevin Boyle; and Councilman Al Taubenberger. PHOTO: PHLCOUNCIL STAFF

City Councilman Brian O’Neill last week led a ceremony celebrating the renovations at Burholme Park Playground, 7370 Central Ave.

O’Neill was joined by Kathryn Ott Lovell, commissioner of the city Department of Parks and Recreation; state Sen. Tina Tartaglione, state Rep. Kevin Boyle; and Councilman Al Taubenberger.

The officials cut a ribbon to celebrate new state-of-the-art play equipment for kids ages 2–12; picnic tables; benches; handicapped-accessible walkways; safety matting; and restoration of the adjacent parking lot with new site lighting and sonic devices for security.

“This is a real jewel to our community,” Taubenberger said.

“It’s so beautiful. This playground has to be one of the nicest in the Northeast,” said Ott Lovell, who credited O’Neill staffer Bobby Yerkov with doing “amazing” work on the project.

The project cost $639,000.

Don Garecht and his 4-year-old son, Desmond, enjoy the swings after the ceremony. TOM WARING / TIMES PHOTO

Some of that money came from the concession stand at the Burholme Golf & Family Entertainment complex at 401 Cottman Ave. The officials thanked partner John Kirincich, who has been managing the facility since 2012, for his contribution.

O’Neill and Boyle noted that the newly renovated playground complements the nearby Jardel Recreation Center, Fox Chase Recreation Center and the play area at Verree and Susquehanna roads.

In related news, Burholme Golf & Family Entertainment and Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company are partnering to create Brews at Burholme on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 3 to 9 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Burholme Park. The family fun day will also include discounted miniature golf and driving range specials.

On Saturday, Oct. 21, outside the Ryerss Museum, there will be face painting, discounted miniature golf, museum tours and a free viewing of Ghostbusters. The event starts at 3 p.m., with the film showing at 7. ••