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May17
George Patrick Weiser fishes in the river with his uncle, Robert Weiser. Photo/Michelle Alton

George Patrick Weiser fishes in the river with his uncle, Robert Weiser. Photo/Michelle Alton

See the slideshow below from the park, with photos taken by Bill Achuff and Michelle Alton.

If you didn’t know about Pleasant Hill Park, you probably wouldn’t be able to find it.

Tucked behind busy State Road, Torresdale’s waterfront park might be one of the city’s best-kept secrets. But navigate your way beyond the factories and prison and the police academy, and you’ll find a bustling green space on the Delaware River filled with boaters, picnickers and fishermen. 

Bait and poles were in hands Tuesday as the Department of Parks & Recreation celebrated improvements to the park made possible through a $318,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The money was used to rehab the fish ponds and walkways, improve fencing and create a new picnic area with a shade pavilion.

The event was marked with a ribbon-cutting and youth fishing competition.

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