May 12, 2016
Handball, salsa dancing and music from one DJ Cookie will mark the reopening of Benson Park in South Kensington.
The newly renovated green space, located at 1442 N. Fourth St., will be home to a kickoff festival on Saturday, May 14.
Benson Park's new digs — a new grass field, a refurbished handball court and a restored water fountain — were funded by Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez and the Philadelphia Water Department's green infrastructure program for stormwater management.
"We are hoping to put together future events this summer, such as movie nights, handball workshops and a neighborhood Mercado (market)," Noon said in an email.
Teaching those handball workshops will be Wally Amaro, a local expert in the sport.
The park's renovations, completed in November 2015, were made possible after the city won a long-fought legal battle with a local resident who was claiming public property of the space, according to the Friends.
Now restored to its "full glory," Benson Park will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from March to November, with limited hours during the winter.