Favorite Spot: Anderson Yards, home baseball field for the Anderson Monarchs, a youth baseball program that operates under the auspices of the Marian Anderson Recreation Center
Neighborhood: Graduate Hospital
Address: 18th and Fitzwater
I am: Writer and editor. Executive director of Mighty Writers, a program that teaches city kids ages seven to 17 how to write.
Years in Philly: 25Current home: Wynnewood
My love note: My favorite summertime thing to do after leaving Mighty Writers in the early evening is to stop by Anderson Yards, located just a few blocks away at 18th and Fitzwater. Anderson Yards is a classic baseball diamond, a gem in the city, beautifully cared for and manicured by the Anderson Monarchs’ program director and team manager Steve Bandura. The Monarchs play “team baseball,” which means they’re big on fundamentals and good sportsmanship. Bandura teaches his young players the legacy of Jackie Robinson and the Negro Leagues, believing you can’t chart your future without knowing your past. Best of all is the community that’s been built around baseball at Anderson Yards. Parents and neighbors come to the games, follow play closely and support the team with frequent trips to the refreshment stand to get water ice. Anderson Yards is where I go whenever I’ve misplaced my good vibe.
(Photos from Monarch’s FB page)
(Tim Whitaker with Nafeesah Cannady, a Mighty Writers high schooler, photo from Tim)
Favorite Spot: Fitler Square Park
Neighborhood: Fitler Square
Address: 23rd and Pine
I am: Community manager for Yelp.com and lover of all things Philadelphia, from sandwiches to sports
Years in Philly: 1.5 as a Philly resident, but a native of the Philly region
Current Home: Graduate Hospital
Favorite Spot: Fitler Square
I am: I have worked for the Court of Common Pleas in the City of Philadelphia for 22 years and the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union for 13 years as a Human Resource Manager.
Years in Philly: 33
Current Neighborhood: Fitler Square
Michelle’s love note: Located in the shadow of that other popular Square, Fitler Square does not see scores of lunchtime breakers, retirees, moms with strollers, teenagers and tourists. It’s a quiet, peaceful park, where there’s always a free bench and plenty of grass to spread your picnic blanket. The park charms with brick walkways and a canopy of leaves from the large trees. There is something really special about Fitler Square; I feel content and reflective on every visit. It doesn’t receive anywhere close to the amount of visitors it deserves. Selfishly, that’s just the way I like it.
Cathy’s love note: Anytime of the year this neighborhood gem is available to everyone looking for a quiet respite, friendly meeting place, or a safe park for your child to play. There are seasonal events such as an Easter egg hunt, Halloween pumpkin hunt and a visit from Santa with holiday songs sung around the beautifully decorated Fitler fountain. There is a Fair every May held by the Fitler Square Improvement Association to raise funds for the care of this very special park in Center City Philadelphia.