Restore $8M Campaign- VICTORY!
Together we did it! On November 29th, 2012 City Council unanimously approved a mid-year Transfer Ordinance increasing the Department of Parks and Recreation’s FY 2013 operating budget by $2.675 million. This is a momentous step in addressing decades of underfunding and deferred maintenance of Philadelphia’s parks and recreation! The Parks Alliance applauds Mayor Nutter, Council President Clarke and all members of Council for working together to make this critical investment.
With Your Help the Parks Alliance
►Sent 1589 letters to the Mayor and City Council
►Hosted over 100 constituents from 60 different groups at a strategy dinner
►Brought 70 constituents on team meetings with individual City Councilmembers
►Coordinated teams of constituents to testify at every City Council neighborhood budget hearing in the city (over 18 citizen testimonies)
►Completed photo inspections of 16 parks and recreation facilities and then took a team of 8 constituents and press members to 6 different sites around the city to see the impact of funding challenges
►Organized over 250 park and recreation advocates to chant “Restore $8 million” at the Parks and Recreation Budget Hearing
►Organized over 75 constituents to attend the Parks Alliance Press Event with Councilmembers Cindy Bass, Mark Squilla, Kenyatta Johnson, and Jim Kenny to announce their support for increased parks funding
Inspired over 23 press articles on our campaign
►Achieved a $2.675 million increase that will fund 50 new parks & rec staff positions!
Philadelphia Inquirer: At long last, Philly parks likely to get more money
Metro: City Council committee approves $2.6m hike in Parks and Recreation funding
Next City: Everyone Loves Parks, But No One Wants to Pay For Them
Plan Philly: Council Hears Parks and Recreation Budget Relief Plea
CBS Local: Philadelphia Budget Hearing Focuses on Parks Departments Changing Fortunes
Philadelphia Inquirer: Park Advocates Get Angry
Metro (article): Restore the $8 Million Parks Advocates Plead to City Council
Metro (cover): 'Shabby' Fairmount Park Breaking Apart
NewsWorks: Council leaning towards more money for Philadelphia parks and recreation facilities
The Daily Pennsylvanian: Philadelphia Residents Ralley to Fund Parks
Philly.com: Where is parks money?