IN FOCUS: Philadelphia Parks and Rec Summer Activities

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Do you love swimming, basketball, tennis or yoga? What about a movie in the City under the stars? It’s “Summer Fun In The City” on “In Focus.” And, for people looking to do something fun for the summer for themselves and their children, the City of Philadelphia offers a multitude of options to help keep you and your family healthy, happy and entertained. On “In Focus,” Jennifer’s guests include Kathryn Ott Lovell, the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation in Philadelphia who takes us through the many youth and summer program offerings available this summer. And, joining us to talk about swimming safety and the dozens of pools in the City is Lisa Whittle, aquatics coordinator for the Parks and Recreation department.  Fun aside, the work of Parks and Recreation is serious business. Philadelphia’s parks and recreation system is large and diverse with two regions and four administrative districts. There are over 150 recreation centers and playgrounds, over 140 neighborhood parks, over 220 miles of trails, 460 basketball courts and 71 outdoor pools and more.  We sit down with the Parks and Recreation Commissioner to learn more about the scope of this large department.  “In Focus” is broadcast Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to Noon on PHL17.