The fields at William Gambrell Playground, home of the Frankford Chargers youth football program, had basically turned into dirt. It was trashed with rocks and glass, and the goal posts were lopsided, 3-inch plumbing pipes.
The team had been suffering from a lack of funds, and couldn't afford a good-looking field.
But things are about to improve in a big way at the playground, at Wakeling and Ditman streets.
Tomorrow, the team will celebrate the opening of a new, first-class field, with new fencing, goal posts and a new mural.
Comcast-Spectacor, the Eagles, and the city - among other donors - contributed $1 million in materials and services to improve the field, including an artificial-turf playing surface. Mayor Street and Gov. Rendell have also pledged their support.
Artists from Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program created the mural, which includes images of the current Frankford Chargers team and its expansion team, the Frankford Yellow Jackets.
The new Fox network show "Extreme Field Makeover" will record theproject. The show is aimed at American communities that have renovated fields in need of refurbishing. *
- Khristian Peel