Sacks Park & Playground
Just across 4th Street from Jefferson Square Park, Sacks Playground satisfies the neighborhood’s active crew with a pool, baseball fields and basketball courts. Between 4th & 5th Streets and Washington Avenue & Federal Street
This park is indicative of the ongoing transition of the neighborhood around Washington Avenue, where the ethnic mix of Irish, Italian, and African Americans – and more recent Southeast Asian and Mexican populations – converge with the young professionals who are moving into new luxury town homes.
Sacks Playground sits on the site of the old Southwark Foundry and Machine Company, and has recently been reinvigorated. The arrival of Mexican immigrants and new young professionals reignited community interest in maintaining the park. Sacks Playground is used by South Philadelphia’s growing Mexican community for soccer games and other recreation.