#ohheyyy The City Pulse was honored to celebrate the second anniversary of Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, and hear the announcement that they will donate $750,000 to Rebuild Philadelphia for the major renovation of Murphy Recreation Center, located in South Philadelphia. The contribution will allow Rebuild to finish the $4.5 million project scheduled to be completed in the fall.
From the original press release: The Cordish Companies’ Principal Jon Cordish, Cordish Gaming Group COO Joe Billhimer, and Live! Philadelphia General Manager Craig Clark were joined by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia City Councilmembers Kenyatta Johnson and Mark Squilla; Kira Strong, Executive Director of Rebuild; and Kathryn Ott Lovell, Commissioner of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, at a ceremony to announce details of the transformative investment towards a project that will benefit the families and young people of Philadelphia for generations to come.
Proposed site improvements at Murphy Recreation Center include a brand-new turf field for football, baseball, softball, and soccer, along with brand-new basketball courts. New sidewalks, fencing and landscaping round out the planned renovations.
“Live! Philadelphia is proud to partner with Rebuild Philadelphia to help bring such a worthwhile project to fruition,” said Joe Billhimer, Chief Operating & Development Officer at Cordish Gaming Group. “Murphy Recreation Center has served as a hub for community gathering for decades in South Philly. As a family-owned business, we can appreciate how important it is for families to have a safe place to come together. They deserve the best and we look forward to going on this transformational journey with them.”
Live! Casino & Hotel opened to the public on February 11, 2021, in the heart of the South Philadelphia Stadium District, making it their mission to not only provide a world-class gaming, dining and entertainment destination, but to be a supportive and active member of the community. Two years later, Live! Philadelphia has established partnerships with dozens of regional tourism, business and non-profit organizations. With the Rebuild donation, total contributions to date top more than $2.3 million in cash and in-kind support.
Rebuild Philadelphia is Mayor Kenney’s visionary initiative to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in Philadelphia neighborhood parks, recreation centers, and libraries. Through these investments, Rebuild will improve 70-plus public spaces, empower and engage communities, and promote diversity and economic opportunity in the design and construction industries.
“The energy in our city is electric right now and today’s celebration fuels even more excitement, especially in South Philadelphia,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “The soon-to-be improved recreation center is a dynamic, accessible hub for children, families, and residents to play and gather. The upgrades make room for new opportunities and connections, and it may even be the home field of the next NFL star. My administration and I are looking forward to seeing the memories that will be made in this space.”
“Rebuild is proud to invest in the improvements at Murphy Recreation Center and it would not be possible without the generous contribution from Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia,” said Kira Strong, Executive Director of Rebuild. “Through the combination of City and Rebuild funding, and incredible community partnerships like Live!, we are able to deliver on the Rebuild promise to engage with the community to understand their vision and invest intentionally to deliver a quality resource in their neighborhood.”