This afternoon, City Council’s Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, chaired by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, announced their list of 25 recommended candidates to serve on the Commission on Parks and Recreation.
On Thursday, June 4th, Council as a Whole will report the nominees to Mayor Nutter via Resolution.
From City Council’s nominees, the Mayor will appoint 9 people to serve on the new Commission. They will assume their duties by July 1, 2009.
The Committee’s 25 nominees came from the 200 dedicated citizens who applied to serve on the new Commission – many of whom expressed their passion for the potential of Philadelphia’s parks and recreation when they testified at City Council’s public hearings.
Applications of all who applied to serve on the Commission are posted on the Parks Alliance website. Click here to read the applications.
Click here to read the Roles and Responsibilities and Qualifications of the new Commission as mandated in the Charter reform referendum passed by the voters last November.
As an editorial in last Saturday’s Inquirer said:
“To be effective the commission should convene regularly and take full advantage of its bully pulpit. An airing by the commission should be a de facto requirement for any park-related measure put before Council or launched by the mayor, who fortunately has been a strong park advocate and pledges to make Fairmount Park ‘one of the best’.”
Click here to read more.
We hope to work together with all applicants, public officials and interested citizens as we take the next steps in our common goal of fulfilling the potential of Philadelphia’s parks and recreation so that every citizen in every neighborhood can reap the benefits!
Thank you for all that you do for Philadelphia’s parks.
The Philadelphia Parks Alliance