Little Guys Win Big

Posted on Mon, Feb. 15, 2010

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Pictured left to right, Jean Gavin, Wanda Exline, Tim Kearney and  Marlene Sellers

Little guys win big
Citizens group savors its rescue of Burholme Park
By VALERIE RUSS
Philadelphia Daily News

russv@phillynews.com 215-854-5987

NOT FAR FROM the clamor of Cottman Avenue, where sandwich shops, hair salons and professional offices dot a bustling corridor, there is a wooded spot in Burholme Park with a creek running through it.

When city officials agreed to carve out some 20 acres of the lush, green park so that the nearby Fox Chase Cancer Center could expand, a group of ordinary residents took a stand. They wouldn’t let the park go. Not without a fight.