Parks & Recreation

    • Street artist Tim Lee takes a break from spraying the walls at Graffiti Pier. Joel Wolfram/for WHYY

Can Graffiti Pier become a tourist attraction and still serve the people who put it on the map?

Jameel Kemp looked doubtful as he approached the forbidding trailhead for Graffiti Pier on a recent July evening. The “no trespassing” signs were insistent, and several layers of barricades stood in…

    • 2019 07 23 k paynter rebuild fishtwon rec 5

City opens new Fishtown play area - the first funded by Philly's soda tax

Philly’s first new play area renovated with sweetened beverage tax dollars is open for business in Fishtown. Mayor Jim Kenney cut the ribbon Tuesday on the first completed project of his…

    • A rendering of the wetlands imagined in the new plan for FDR Park

How FDR Park’s $200 million makeover is future-proofing ‘the lakes’

An ambitious 10-year plan to completely revamp the busy but underfunded FDR Park is a very green new deal for South Philadelphia. It includes a 36-foot-tall hill overlooking the city, 45…



We know now more than ever the importance of park space to the health of our communities. Everyone deserves access to public parks and open space. This is why a clear goal of Mayor Nutter's sustainability plan Greenworks Philadelphia is to add 500 acres of new publicly accessible green space to the city by 2015.  The Green2015 initiative of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and PennPraxis outlines the strategy for how to meet this 500-acre goal for Philadelphia.

The goal of Green2015 is to unite city government and neighborhood residents to transform empty or underused land in Philadelphia into parks for neighbors to enjoy. Most of the land that can be greened is already publicly owned and therefore requires no money to acquire. The planning, implementation, and maintenance of these parks will be a collaborative effort among many partners, including neighbors, businesses, nonprofits, developers, and the city.



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