Rec center worker, volunteer neighbor honored at Holmesburg Community Day

Holmesburg Recreation Center on Saturday hosted Holmesburg Community Day.

The day featured an appearance by longtime WXPN Kids Corner host Kathy O’Connell; a visit by Engine 36; door prizes; a demonstration of the new voting machines; a performance by the cast of an upcoming production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; vendors; and hot dogs courtesy of City Councilman Bobby Henon and grilled by the 15th Police District Advisory Council.

The cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat gave a preview of their upcoming performance at Saturday’s Holmesburg Community Day.

Ditman Street resident Ken Allen was honored for welcoming new residents and volunteering to clean up around the recreation center. Bill Arthur, the recreation leader, presented Allen with a plaque. Henon gave him a certificate of appreciation and a giant key to the rec center.

From left: State Sen. John Sabatina Jr., stat Rep. Mike Driscoll, City Councilman Bobby Henon, Ken Allen, Bill Arthur, state Rep. Joe Hohenstein.

Recreation center employee Fran Walker was honored for 20 years on the job. Walker was described as a nice guy and a mentor who gives out good advice. He recently started a flag football program and has long been dedicated to youth sports, particularly making sure there were opportunities for girls.

Fran Walker (fifth from left) was honored for two decades of work at the recreation department.

Henon presented Walker with a Council citation. State Sen. John Sabatina Jr. presented him with a Senate citation. State Reps. Mike Driscoll and Joe Hohenstein presented him with a House citation that was also sponsored by Rep. Kevin Boyle.

Fran Walker (back, fourth from left) received a citation from City Councilman Bobby Henon for two decades of work at the recreation department.

“The Franny Walkers of the world make sure our youth have somewhere to go and something to do,” Driscoll said. ••