Friday, April 05, 2013

Support Philadelphia's Parks at City Council On Monday

Do you support better funding for Philadelphia's parks? There's a chance to show your support by attending a City Council budget hearing on Monday!

Tell the City to keep its promises to our parks
The Parks Alliance and dozens of allied organizations are calling on Philadelphia City Council and Mayor Nutter to restore the remaining $5 million in promised funding for the Department of Park & Recreation for fiscal year (FY) 2014.

The Parks Alliance is calling on park supporters to demonstrate that support at the upcoming City Council Budget Hearing. Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis will be testifying and they are seeking to pack the Council chambers with Park and Recreation advocates from every neighborhood in the city.

What: City Council Budget Hearing On Dept. of Parks and Recreation
When: Monday, April 8th, 12:30– 2pm
Where: City Hall, Room 400 (need ID to enter building)

The Department of Parks & Recreation is still $5 million short of Mayor Nutter’s first promise and what City Council approved for 2009*. Over the past five years, Parks & Recreation has received $51.8 million less than what was promised in the 2009-2013 Five Year Plan. This is in spite of the $2.675 million increase for 2013 allocated in response to a Parks Alliance campaign demonstrating overwhelming citizen support for restored funding.

Mayor Nutter's proposed 2014 budget is higher than last year, but Parks and Recreation received no new funding. Restoring that $5 million promised will return funding back to the $56 million Mayor Nutter promised and City Council approved back in 2009.

*This and subsequent budget years are fiscal year, not calendar year.