February 27, 2009 |
Philadelphia's parks are poised for change. They have new potential they haven't had for decades. But for this potential to actually be achieved requires another step. And this one is quite simple. Last fall, the city's voters overwhelmingly supported a charter amendment to reform the park and recreation system. It called for merging the two departments, placing direct accountability for their management and revitalization on the mayor and the appointment of a new parks and rec commission to be selected for the first time in a transparent and public process.
October 30, 2008 |
Next week, the voters of Philadelphia will have an opportunity to fundamentally reform the city's parks and merge Fairmount Park and the Department of Recreation. The proposed charter change on the ballot Tuesday is about increased accountability and transparency, more public input, better management and, ultimately, cleaner, greener, safer parks and recreation. It's about the revitalization of our neighborhoods, the economic development of our city and the health of our citizens.
May 6, 2012 |
With Philadelphia recently singled out for national praise for its park system, this should be a good time to put out the call for top-notch individuals to volunteer for the panel that provides oversight for Fairmount Park and recreation policymaking. That's certainly the hope of both Mayor Nutter and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, who made personal appeals several weeks ago for applicants for nine slots on the Commission on Parks and Recreation. Six city officials round out the 15-member commission.
August 17, 2012 |
CITY COUNCIL took a rare break Thursday from its summer recess to address violent crime in the city's parks and recreation centers after several recent shootings and the rape of a 12-year-old girl occurred in public spaces. "Parks have become abandoned by people who are afraid to use them," said Councilwoman Cindy Bass, who is chairwoman of the Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and who called for the committee hearing. Michael Resnick, the city's public-safety director, said the city is battling an uptick in overall violence and a 4 percent increase in violent crime in and around parks and rec centers compared with the first eight months of last year.
June 14, 2012 |
At Christy Recreation Center in West Philadelphia, the air-conditioning doesn't work, turning the gym into an unusable sauna in hot weather. Broken gym doors leave only one working exit, a potential fire hazard. Rain regularly floods the arts-and-crafts room, drips into light fixtures and swells ceiling panels until they're puffed and brown, like roasted marshmallows. "This place is a wreck," said Thelma Jones-Benbow, president of Christy's advisory council. Even as Philadelphia has developed showcase outdoor parks, winning Mayor Nutter national acclaim for his efforts to increase green space and create an environmentally friendly city, Parks and Recreation facilities in many areas remain neglected.
January 9, 2015 |
NOTE: This story was updated Thursday morning. Three Philadelphia recreation centers violated a long list of bookkeeping regulations, says the city controller, who has referred one former treasurer's activities to the District Attorney's Office. City Controller Alan Butkovitz released an analysis Wednesday of three of the 126 Philadelphia Recreation Advisory Councils (PRACs). The councils, which are responsible for managing the individual recreation centers' accounts, oversee nearly $2 million.
March 12, 2015 |
A development group's proposal to bring an Olympic-class bicycle arena to South Philadelphia's historic Franklin D. Roosevelt Park has met with resistance from the city Commission on Parks and Recreation, which handed the group its first negative recommendation in its effort to capture four acres of land. The proposed 6,000-seat competitive cycling velodrome, called Project 250, has spurred avid support among bicycle enthusiasts and resistance from FDR Park neighborhood residents since the proposal was unveiled last year.
October 16, 2008 |
Yesterday afternoon, during a low-key public show at spiffy, well-groomed Mander Playground, Mayor Nutter ceremoniously signed legislation proposing to change the way Philadelphia parks have been governed since the end of the Civil War. The legislation, passed in June by City Council, calls for voters to approve abolishing the Fairmount Park Commission and combining management of the city's parks and recreation facilities into a Department of...
November 3, 2008
FOR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, our endorsement for president, has made this election about the biggest thing of all: America's future. STATE HOUSE RACES In the 140th District: The Northeast seat being vacated by George Kenney. Vote: BRENDAN BOYLE In the 172nd District: For the seat long held by John Perzel. Vote: RICH COSTELLO BALLOT QUESTIONS On whether to establish a city Department of Parks and Recreation. Vote: YES On whether city residents whose civil-service test scores are identical to those of out-of-town test-takers should get priority for jobs.
June 17, 1990 |
Parents faced with the daily prospect of keeping their offspring entertained during the vacation months will be able to take advantage of a number of children's programs offered throughout Camden County by the Department of Parks and Recreation. "We have children's theater shows," as well as toddler paint-ins, a dog show, visits from the Philadelphia Zoo on Wheels, and active programs such as a kid's triathlon (a swimming, running and biking event on Aug. 19), said John McNally, recreation supervisor for the Camden County Department of Parks and Recreation.