Wilmot Park saw a crush of volunteers Friday from Honeywell and Rebuilding Together Philadelphia. Volunteers at the event replaced backboards, built benches for basketball spectators, planted trees, installed a flagpole and a commemorative sign to honor the park’s previous life as a cemetery for veterans, and carried out a general cleanup of the site.
Additionally, to further honor the park’s history as a cemetery for veterans, Honeywell employees were building a ramp at the American Legion Post 224. Commanders from Post 224 were to be on site to later in the afternoon to raise the American flag and direct the park’s first flag raising ceremony.
This is continuation of the improvements which were started by a grant from Councilwoman Sanchez office last year for the removal of the old playground equipment and the installation of new in the Spring. The basketball league that was restarted this year played under difficult circumstances though with the old backboards and hoops. These improvements will make a big difference for the kids and neighbors using the park.