UC Review: Panel discussion addresses urban parkland management

UC Review: Panel discussion addresses urban parkland management

City parks constitute a major element of the quality of life in a city, but attending to both the use of the parks and their conservation can be a major headache. Those issues were addressed last week at a panel discussion on balancing those concerns.

The June 16 event, sponsored by the Sustainability Forum and held at the Academy of the Natural Sciences, was also an opportunity for the city to learn how others handle those issues.

Mike DiBerardinis, Philadelphia’s first director of the city’s recently created Parks and Recreation Department, said merging the city’s Recreation Department and the Fairmount Park Commission to form the new agency, was "the right thing to do."

About the author

Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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