Improvements to Stinger Square Playground

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell joined Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and Grays Ferry community members to celebrate the installation of new playground equipment and safety surfacing at Stinger Square Playground in Grays Ferry earlier this month.

“I know this playground will get a lot of use in the new year, and for years to come,” Lovell said. “We’re grateful to be able to serve and provide safe and high-quality recreation to the young people of South Philadelphia.”

The $350,000 project was the culmination of an effort led by the late Irene Russell, who served as president of the Friends of Stinger Square for many years. In September 2021, the 3200 block of Reed Street, where the park is located, was renamed “Irene Russell Way” in honor of her service and dedication to the Grays Ferry community.  

“Irene Russell was a friend, and tremendous advocate and leader for the children and families of Grays Ferry,” Johnson said. “Investments in places like Stinger Square and playgrounds and recreation centers throughout the Second Council District are a critical investment in anti-violence and community safety.”