Fishtown at the end of the rainbow (Instagram/@june_age_daydream)

Vandalism threatens FDR Park boating and fishing programs

Repeated vandalism at FDR Park is threatening the future of boating and fishing at the South Philly green space. Doors are being broken, paddles are being trashed, fishing rods are regularly stolen — people even dumped portable toilets in the lake. Parks & Rec says it’s aware of the problem, but only has 20 park rangers to cover the whole city.

It’s gotten so bad that Discovery Pathways is running out of equipment, Meir Rinde reports, and might have to stop its popular teen programming.

Joy Chen, 16, and friend pull trash thrown into the lake at FDR Park, before participating in boating or fishing with the Discovery Pathways outdoors program in July 2023. (Meir Rinde/Billy Penn)

Everything you need to know about the Eagles new-old jerseys

Kelly green is back, baby. Fans were so excited for the return of the throwback colors yesterday that they tailgated the pro shop at the Linc, lining up in the middle of the night for the 9 a.m. launch. Jason Kelce’s jersey was the first to sell out as people attacked the clothing racks. 

Why are people so hype? What are the details of the uniform? When will the Eagles wear them — and where can you lay hands on merch? BP freelancer Mike Greger runs down everything you need to know.

Eagles players show off the new throwbacks. (Drew Hallowell/Eagles)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• Pa. is expected to receive over $15 billion from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which means money for highways, bridges, public transit, water infrastructure, broadband expansion, EV charging, and cybersecurity. [City & State]

• “The city has one mayor at a time.” Cherelle Parker on why she hasn’t commented on current events since winning the Democratic nomination in May. She’s kept busy with dental work, her 10-year-old son, and prepping for the November general election vs. David Oh. [Inquirer$]

• A Sunday evening tractor-trailer fire under the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge prompted worries of “I-95 No. 2,” but crews got the blaze under control after about 3 hours. [6ABC]

• PHA is gearing up for redevelopment of Southwest Philly’s Bartram Village. The plan is to replace 500 WWII-era units with newer affordable housing and market-rate units. Groundbreaking is expected to happen in April. [KYW/WRT Design]

• Lokal Artisan Foods owner Charisse McGill, known for her French Toast Bites brand, was named executive director of the national Farmers Market Coalition. [PhillyVoice]

• 20 years after playing North Star Bar, punk rock band Sparta returns to Philly — “the coolest brother’ of the East Coast” — to celebrate the anniversary of their cult classic debut album. [Billy Penn]

• Hello childhood birthday party nostalgia: the “world’s biggest” bounce house and other inflatable attractions are coming to the Navy Yard in late August for a 3-week run. [Axios/Big Bounce]


The first Tuesday in August means it’s National Night Out, an event to bring focus to community-police relations. Mayor Kenney joins the Citizen’s Police Oversight Commission and the 19th Police District at the Lowe’s parking lot in Parkside with resources and entertainment (5 to 8 p.m.)


🏛 Billy Penn event: Pull out your thinking cap, because this month’s BP Quizzo is landing at the Divine Lorraine on North Broad. We’lll have lots of happy hour specials, and prizes for the winners. Space is limited, so RSVP today. (6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27) 

🍡 Sample the flavors of Northern Liberties at the 2nd Street Festival, with dozens of vendors, food trucks, beer gardens, performances, and music. (12 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6) 

📖 Billy Penn is proud to headline the inaugural Philly Story Fest, joining journalists from media outlets around Philadelphia to tell the city’s best stories on stage at the Bok. Early bird tix are $17. (7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5)