Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass announced a $3.6 million initiative Wednesday to install surveillance cameras in every city recreation center over the next three years.
Rather than being linked to the Philadelphia police surveillance-camera system - which continues to experience problems - the new cameras would be monitored by staff at each center.
Each of the 150 staffed recreation centers will have from four to eight cameras, Bass spokesman Joe Corrigan said. Police will help Parks and Recreation officials place the cameras, most likely in areas of highest need, beginning July 1.
Michael DiBerardinis, deputy mayor for parks and recreation, said he did not anticipate hiring staff to watch the cameras. He said he did not know how long footage would be stored.