Mission

Make The World Better works to improve communities one park, one neighborhood at a time.

Vision

We envision a fully engaged city where members of all neighborhoods take pride and ownership over their communities.

Mission & Vision

Make The World Better works to improve communities one park, one neighborhood at a time.

We envision a fully engaged city where members of all neighborhoods take pride and ownership over their communities.

Our Projects

We believe that community-based revitalization projects have a unique ability to positively transform neighborhoods and that local leadership is the key to any successful project. With this in mind, our project cycle revolves around community engagement and input through all phases. We have also developed strong relationships with Philadelphia city agencies, other local nonprofits and corporate partners to help us successfully realize our projects.

Ralph Brooks Park

Ralph Brooks Park was MTWB’s first park project located in the Point Breeze neighborhood of South Philadelphia and included renovations to the basketball court, new community garden and green stormwater infrastructure. Frequently biking past Ralph Brooks Park on his way home from practice with the Eagles, Connor took note of the heavy park usage and outdated equipment and got involved with the community effort to revitalize the park. This project served as a catalyst for neighborhood renewal and inter-generational engagement.

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Smith Playground

The success of Ralph Brooks Park led MTWB and partners to our 2nd park project at Smith Playground in South Philadelphia, MTWB’s largest park project to-date spanning 8-acres with construction divided into two phases. Phase 1 wrapped in spring 2016 and included renovations to the existing Rec Center building complete with a new kitchenette and the first WHYY Media Lab. Phase 2 will be complete in Spring 2018 and includes playground upgrades, renovated basketball courts, new turf sport fields and other site amenities.

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Waterloo Playground

In recent years, Waterloo Playground was reclaimed by community members after years of neglect and deferred maintenance. While a growing number of community members use the park, it hasn’t reached it’s full programming potential due to limitations of the current infrastructure. The revitalization process has included youth programming and hands-on building opportunities in partnership with Public Workshop, formation of a new Waterloo Playground Advisory Council, and a robust design process engaging multiple partners. The first phase of construction is expected to begin in Spring 2018.

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