Recreation ADVISORY COUNCILS
The Parks Alliance partners with more than 150 recreation centers and playgrounds in Philadelphia. At each site, we work with recreation staff and neighborhood volunteers to build Advisory Councils that fundraise, develop programs, and maintain the sites. The Advisory Council network creates a sense of community ownership over the spaces and ensures the community's voice is heard.
Our mission is to work with Council members to increase engagement, build programming, and develop resources that can transform these spaces into true centers of community that strengthen neighborhoods.
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Local Recreation Advisory Councils
An Advisory Council is a structured group of community volunteers that fundraise, develop programs, host events, and maintain their neighborhood recreation center, park, or playground. They serve as a volunteer liaison between the facility staff, community, and city agencies to assure community input on a regular basis. Advisory Councils meet once a month to plan how to improve their center.
Want to get involved with your own park, recreation center, or playground? Any community member can join an Advisory Council and meetings are open to the public. Contact us.
Philadelphia Recreation Advisory Council (PRAC)
PRAC is the city-wide umbrella organization that all local Advisory Councils and Parks and Recreation staff can participate in. There are quarterly meetings where Council members and staff can hear Parks and Recreation updates, attend training sessions, and discuss issues related to their work. The Parks Alliance works to build this city-wide network into a resource that can benefit everyone in the Parks and Recreation sphere.
PRAC retains a Board of Advisors that assist in identifying priorities of PRAC and organizing the annual PRAC Conference. More information about the PRAC Board of Advisors and four PRAC Committees.
To receive updates about PRAC meetings and business: Contact us.
The next citywide meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 at 6:30 pm at Francis Myers Recreation Center, 5800 Chester Ave.
The Parks Alliance acts as the nonprofit 501(c)3 partner entity for all local Advisory Councils and PRAC. The Parks Alliance provides consultations and trainings on boosting community engagement, fundraising capacity, program development, and organizational structure - all services are free to Council members.
Advisory Council Monthly Meeting Toolkit
Looking for a way to bring structure to your Advisory Council? Download the following free materials and utilize them to get the most out of your meetings!