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Cobbs Creek Park
Where Cobbs Creek borders Philadelphia, it is surrounded by Cobbs Creek Park; a major section of Philadelphia’s Park System, the largest urban park in the country. Cobbs Creek Park, located in West Philly contains three playgrounds: Cobbs Creek Recreation Center at Cobbs Creek Parkway and Spruce Street, Granahan playground at 65th and Callowhill streets, and Charles Papa Playground, a part of Morris Park in Overbrook, just north of Cobbs Creek Golf Course. For many in West Philadelphia, Cobbs Creek is the primary hiking and recreation attraction, offering swimming, golf, ball fields, tracks, tennis and basketball courts, ice and roller hockey rinks, and campgrounds. The park and its numerous picnic spaces are popular with families during summer weekends and holidays for picnics, barbecues, reunions and parties.
Natashia was taking experimental video samples in the wooded spaces of Cobbs Creek Park when she noticed an anomaly that kept showing up on the soundtrack. Using the software on her laptop to isolate and amplify the odd noise, she found it was the sound of a man weeping. Subsequent recordings at the same site yielded the same anomaly, even though there was no one present making the sound. Since then, Natashia has collected several dozen examples of what she calls the “invisible voices.”