June 11, 2008 |
A proposal to meld Fairmount Park with the city Recreation Department appears headed for a November referendum, with park advocates, City Council and Mayor Nutter aligned to radically change oversight of the 9,200-acre city jewel. With a unanimous recommendation from Council's Law and Government Committee yesterday, the measure faces few obstacles to gain final Council approval next week. If passed by voters, a change in the city's Home Rule Charter would eliminate the Fairmount Park Commission, which has controlled the park for 141 years.
October 20, 2003 |
A question facing each of us as citizens and voters in the coming weeks concerns the potential of Philadelphia's more than 9,200 acres of parkland. What do these unimaginably unique and precious resources mean to us personally, and how will they benefit our families, our neighborhoods, our city, and our region? If we believe that urban parks are an essential component of any first-class city - that they generate economic vitality, community development, education, and self-expression; that they contribute to health, fitness, peace and beauty - then we have the opportunity and obligation to tell it to the candidates for mayor and City Council.
December 10, 2001 |
Burlington County officials have finished gathering the public's comments on a proposed county park system and expect to have a basic design ready by late winter or early spring. This master plan would aid the county in deciding where to locate parkland and how the land would be used when acquired. More hearings are expected next year on the draft plan. The county is focusing on assembling areas for passive recreation, such as biking, hiking and boating. Active recreation, such as athletic fields, is a municipal responsibility, Freeholder Bill Haines said.
January 22, 2012 |
A chain restaurant in Wharton State Forest. A Ferris wheel at Liberty State Park. Weddings, flea markets, and corporate events taking over New Jersey's historic sites and scenic lands. That could be the future if the state goes forward with plans to privatize parts of its park system, some warn. "Next thing you know, you have to pay more for everything and the public's access is limited," said Jeff Tittel, director of the Sierra Club of New Jersey. "You'll be getting fee'd to death.
February 21, 2011 |
Once a popular swimming hole and a location for dances put on by American Bandstand , the Willingboro Lakes Nature Preserve soon will be part of the widening Burlington County Parks system. Willingboro acquired the 106-acre tract, previously known as Olympia Lakes, through a $1 million state open-space grant and $1 million in county funds in 1997. Unable to afford the millions it could cost to make it accessible to hikers, bird-watchers, and boaters, Willingboro Mayor Eddie Campbell Jr. said the township approved a transfer of the title to the county late last month.
December 1, 1999 |
Representatives of the Fairmount Park Commission last night presented Northeast Philadelphia residents with a summary of the problems and opportunities present in the trail systems of three of the city's "stream valley parks. " Speaking to a crowd of about 40 at the Jerdel Recreation Center on Cottman Avenue, the commission's representatives and consultants offered what they described as an inventory of the trail systems in Pennypack, Tacony Creek and Poquessing Parks. The inventory was the first step in a six-month process to come up with a new trail system master plan not only for the three stream valley parks but for the whole city park system.
August 26, 2016
From Independence Hall in Philadelphia to the redwood forest in California's Sequoia National Park, the country's national parks today are celebrating the 100th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson's signing of the National Park Service Act, which established the agency that protects our natural and historical riches. It's hard to be too festive though when the more than 400 parks, monuments, museums and reserves in this country are struggling. Budget cuts, climate change, and a new view of how to best protect the delicate ecosystems where yellow-legged frogs, bighorn sheep, and buffalo roam are straining the sites, which annually are visited by about 275 million people.
January 5, 2006 |
A proposal to make the Fairmount Park Commission part of an expanded Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation will promote a cohesive and rational park and recreational plan for our city and bring sound business practices - something our two separate park systems lack. The proposal, by City Council members Blondell Reynolds Brown and Darrell Clarke, is not radical, untested, or out of the mainstream. Cities such as Baltimore, New York, Phoenix, Houston, St. Louis and many others all have unified park and recreation systems.
November 14, 2008 |
True to his name, Alex Bonavitacola is still living the good life. At 77, the former president judge of the Court of Common Pleas is trim and muscular - the happy consequence of 15 minutes of daily weightlifting and a 2 1/2-mile walk in FDR Park. Known to generations of Philadelphians as "The Lakes," FDR Park, at the far end of Broad Street and just north of the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia, is the retired judge's 348-acre backyard. He lives in a Packer Park rowhouse 2 1/2 blocks away.
August 27, 1992 |
Ever since William Levitt's bulldozers bit into the fertile farmland of Lower Bucks County 40 years ago, heralding the arrival of the suburban housing boom, a commonly held belief has been that unchecked development is destroying open space. But in reality, Bucks has been a leader among the suburban counties in land preservation, with more than 20,000 acres of county and state property that will remain forever green. The Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Bucks County Conservancy and the Bucks County Agricultural Land Preservation Program have been working independently to protect millions of dollars' worth of land from the developers' bulldozers.