Philadelphia Parks Alliance and Parks & Rec Department Win State-Wide Awards


March 27th, 2013                      

Philadelphia Parks Alliance and Parks & Rec Department Win State-Wide Awards

The Philadelphia Parks Alliance, Michael DiBerardinis, and the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation were honored last night at the Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society awards ceremony.

The Parks Alliance was honored with the Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society’s Service Group Award for their “tireless efforts in advocating for Philadelphia’s park and recreation system.” The award recognizes an organized civic or local community group that has made an outstanding and significant contribution to some facet of the recreation and parks profession.  Their nomination cited recent accomplishments including winning a historic $2.675 million budget increase for the Department of Parks and Recreation, helping to defeat the Parks for Cash Bill in the PA senate, and spearheading the call in Philadelphia for legislation to protect parkland.

Board member Derek Freres accepted the award on behalf of the Parks Alliance saying “We have seen many successes and we also know that there is still much work to be done in Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania and in cities and towns across the United States.”

Former Executive Director of the Parks Alliance Lauren Bornfriend said “The Parks Alliance is honored to work with citizens in neighborhoods across Philadelphia to protect and call for investment in our precious parks and recreation centers.”

Commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation, Michael DiBerardinis was awarded the Society’s Local Government Leader of the Year distinction. The Department also received several Excellence in Programming Awards including the John H. “Jack” Snyder Community Service Awardfor Carousel House, a city recreation center which provides recreational and educational services to persons with disabilities.

The Philadelphia Parks Alliance is an independent nonprofit public education and advocacy organization that has been working to protect, preserve, and improve Philadelphia’s parks and recreation since 1983. The Parks Alliance seeks to champion the public’s interest in outstanding parks, recreation and open spaces, key to making Philadelphia a healthy, vibrant and sustainable city for all. For more information about the Parks Alliance and its programs, visit