Morris Estate, a recreation center in West Oak Lane, has seen better days.
The roof and gutter system of the former mansion on East Chelten Avenue are falling apart and parts of the building's facade have crumbled away.
The entire basement and several rooms inside are also in disrepair. Flooding during rainstorms is partly to blame.
It's a sad sight for Ray Jackson, who's lived in the neighborhood for more than 40 years. He's lead the center's advisory council for nearly half of them.
"This place used to be phenomenal," he said.
Some of James Bradley's classmates at Germantown High School told him not to get involved with Men's Day, an annual event held to encourage male students to achieve and remind them that they can.
"People said, 'Don't go to Men's Day, skip school the day of Men's Day,'" Bradley said partway through Monday's festivities.
The sophomore didn't heed the advice. Instead, he gladly took on the role of student coordinator.
Residents, community leaders and elected officials got their sweep on at Germantown and Chelten avenues to celebrate spring and set some lofty goals for the future on Saturday.
Eighth District Councilwoman Cindy Bass, state Rep. Steve Kinsey and members of the G'Town Restoration Community Development Corp. and Germantown United were among those who gathered in the heart of Germantown to do more than commemorate the sixth annual Philly Spring Clean-Up.
They looked toward a future where the clean-up isn't just a one-day effort here.
"This effort represents a catalyst for Germantown to continue working together to showcase how great we are," said Cornelia Swinson, director of G'Town Restoration.