PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — “Everyone is always proud of an achievement,” said 17-year-old Edward Rosario. “And something like that, I’d say, it’s pretty big.”
Rosario is a member of the Philadelphia non-profit organization SquashSmarts, which uses the sport of squash as a platform to provide life lessons. But today he left the comfort zone of a four-walled court.
“Ziplining can be scary at first,” he said. “I myself am afraid of heights, but I know that I have people behind me and people who support me.”
With one step, Rosario soared on the zip line at the Discovery Center in Fairmount Park today. It was the result of a partnership between SquashSmarts and the Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS), another non-profit organization dedicated to outdoor challenges.
Their home base is Strawberry Mansion Reservoir, formerly known as East Park Reservoir.
“For a long time, the city of Philadelphia received this drinking water supply, and then the city shut it down in the ’70s,” said Jack Organ, center-based program coordinator for POBS. “So people weren’t allowed in here for 50 years.”
That all changed in 2018 when the National Audubon Society partnered with POBS to merge the wildlife hotspot with human activities.
“We’re trying to make this a good place for people in the area to come back here and for the non-humans who have also come into this space,” Organ said.
To learn more about Discovery Center activities and participation, or to learn more about POBS and SquashSmarts, visit their website.
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