“We're a neighborhood rec. center that supplies what's needed for the neighborhood such as athletic, social meetings and pool,” said supervisor Edward Carpenter. “Whatever the neighborhood needs of us, we try to deliver to them.”
The meetings and rehearsals that take place at the building are eclectic – everything from theater to street hockey to taekwondo – and must be approved, of course, by the center's staff first.
“They're paid staff,” Carpenter said. “There are some volunteers but we charge a minimal amount and that pays the teachers and a stipend to the playground.”
Kids and teens that have interest in becoming members of the Fishtown Rec Center pay approximately one dollar for each day they come – and that price includes snacks, amenities and costs of field trips that may happen. But that doesn't mean the Fishtown Rec Center profits – it's purely for the benefit of the neighborhood.
“We don't make any money,” Carpenter said. “Everything goes back into the programs.”
by Carlene Majorino and Christa Vickery
Group 8, Fishtown