Torresdale Playground getting overhaul

Groundbreaking took place last Friday for a $1.4 million renovation of Torresdale Playground, 9550 Frankford Ave.

City Councilman Bobby Henon and Parks & Recreation Deputy Commissioner Orlando Rendon were joined by students at Father Judge High School and St. Katherine of Siena Elementary School.

Planned renovations to the playground include the installation of new play equipment and benches, a sprayground, security lighting and fencing, painted games and a relocated monument and American flag pole. Additionally, the basketball court and one of the tennis courts will be resurfaced. The basketball court’s badly worn backboards will be replaced. The other tennis court will be home to the sprayground. The parking lot will be updated to improve Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility.

Old play equipment and a sprinkler will be removed.

Recreation leader Tom Sinnott hopes the overhaul is complete by the start of summer camp in July.

Henon described the work as a “total facelift,” adding that it is “long overdue.”

“You can play safely and get the physical activity you need,” he told the students at the event. ••