Rebuild Cherashore


Cherashore Playground is a 5.2-acre site that includes a pool, sports fields, and tennis and basketball courts. It also features a three-room building with a computer room and multipurpose space. It’s located at 851 West Olney Avenue — a straight shot down Chew Avenue from Mt. Airy on the 18 bus, right next to Fern Rock Transportation Center. Visit the official Cherashore Facebook page HERE, and show the City Youth Association Gators (who call Cherashore home) some love HERE. Mt. Airy CDC was selected as a Rebuild Project User in 2017 and awarded the Cherashore project in 2019.


Rebuild is the City of Philadelphia’s commitment to, and investment in, the critical network of playgrounds, rec centers, libraries, and green spaces that serve the people in our city of neighborhoods. Rebuild was made possible by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax and aims to make improvements on these facilities, promote diversity and economic inclusion, and engage with the communities the places serve. Learn more HERE.


Community engagement for the Rebuild Cherashore project kicked off in April 2022 with a survey mailed to near neighbors.  In June 2022, the first live public engagement event for the project was held in order to collect feedback on the community’s usage of the site and ideas for making it better. In June 2023, a second engagement event was held at Cherashore during the Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia Community Day, giving the public an opportunity to weigh in on draft conceptual designs. A second survey effort, focused on residential blocks adjacent to the site, was completed in November 2023. A third engagement event was held on Wednesday, December 6 from 6:00-7:30pm at the rec center building. Residents and site users reviewed schematic designs for the project and voted on options for court improvements and new play equipment.

Future public meetings will be announced here as the design process continues.  The next Open House is tentatively scheduled for June 2024.

Project Team

Mt. Airy CDC has engaged an expert team of design professionals through Rebuild’s open RFP process. These experienced Philadelphia firms are helping to turn the community’s hopes for Cherashore into reality! Mt. Airy CDC is proud to have a diverse project design team that exceeds Rebuild’s benchmarks for minority and disadvantaged business participation.