Our 2020 Campaigns
Parks and Rec Heroes: Tools for Heroes
We build advocacy and engagement tools for Parks and Rec volunteers and staff. But sometimes Parks and Rec heroes need physical tools. We will be giving away $8,000 of Lowe’s tools to 10 Recreation Centers on the first day of spring in 2020. We will select the giveaway sites in partnership with Parks and Rec staff and through a simple nomination process that encourages Recreation Centers to tell a story of a need they can address with a few tools.
In 2021, we will add a Parks and Rec Heroes Picnic and a storytelling project at half a dozen sites.
Parks Alliance Annual Report
The Philadelphia Parks and Recreation budget is an important investment in our city. In our annual report we will:
Analyze the current and potential return on investment of additional funding for the parks and recreation system
Describe how spending can address historical inequities in our system of recreation centers and parks
Highlight information in a way that builds public support for robustly funding parks and recreation centers
Identify opportunities for outside partners and funders to support recreation centers and parks
As champions of Philadelphia parks, recreation and open spaces, we have notched important victories since our founding in 1984.
A team at Philadelphia Parks and Recreation takes over support of various Rec Center Advisory Councils from the Parks Alliance, the culmination of our Recreation Community Initiative launched in 2016.
$500 million Rebuild begins, the largest public space investment in city history, partly funded by the soda tax.
We help lead the Rebuild coalition to victory!
"The Parks Alliance team were integral leaders in the fight to get parks, rec centers, and libraries the largest capital investment in the history of the city! Thanks to the Parks Alliance's efforts, Philadelphia’s neighborhoods will see major investments in our public spaces."
Mayor Jim Kenney
Winning Funding Increases
The Parks Alliance and our allies win a series of funding increases for Parks and Rec, the first time the PPA budget has increased in decades!
Protecting Our Parks with the Force of Law
Standards for protection of parkland, crafted by the Parks Alliance and our allies, are passed by City Council and signed into law.
Our coalition wins passage of a City Charter change to merge the Fairmount Park Commission and the Recreation Department. The new Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department is an important step towards better efficiency and increased funding in the future.
New Name and New Goal
We change our name to Philadelphia Parks Alliance and begin campaigning for more funding.