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    • Parks & Recreation Commission meets, gets green in Hawthorne

Parks & Recreation Commission meets, gets green in Hawthorne

Wednesday's meeting of the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commission at Hawthorne Recreation Center saw the announcement of some triumphant news and some administrative changes.Chair Nancy Goldenberg began by announcing a…

    • Making

Making "Bartram's Mile" a reality

Following weekend bicycle and walking tours that drew about 100 participants, the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation and PennPraxis hosted a more intimate dinner last night at Bartram's Gardens to…

    • There are bridge and boardwalk plan for a 2 1/2-acre island that's amassed in the river outside of Lloyd Hall

Parks & Recreation Commission returns to business

Welcoming several new faces and reveling in the sun that spilled through the glass-block windows of Lloyd Hall, the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commission returned to business Wednesday night after a…

    • Billboards encroach on a garage, cheek by jowl

Scenic Philadelphia looks beyond billboards

For the last three years, Mary Tracy has been wearing two hats, one as president of Scenic America and one as executive director of Philadelphia-based SCRUB, the Society Created to Reduce…

    • 1922 Phila. carousel at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Philly shines at City Parks Alliance Conference

Hundreds of urban park officials and advocates from across the country gathered in New York City these past few days to sample the city's park renaissance and to share their own…

    • Greco/Hawthorne Park

City's newest plot of public green space, Hawthorne Park, opens

A huge crowd stood happily baking in the sun today as city and state officials and community organizers praised the newest addition to the city's park system, one that, they said,…

    • Greco/Grays Ferry Crescent

Parks & Recreation adds four new parks this season

By the time we reach Independence Day weekend, the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department will have unveiled four new parks in just under two months. The spate of new spaces is…

    • Hunting Park master plan

Parks & Recreation Commission finds jewel in Hunting Park

Wednesday night, the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commission shined a spotlight on Hunting Park, an 87-acre oasis in North Philadelphia. Recently singled out by the City Parks Alliance, a national nonprofit,…

    • Mark Focht, Michael DiBerardinis, Susan Slawson

Council hears Parks & Recreation budget relief plea

At Tuesday's public hearings for the 2013 Parks & Recreation budget, a cadre of activists wearing green shirts and brandishing signs were joined by a literal peanut (as in wee) gallery…

    • The Pavilion

New building opens at Franklin Square

With a spinning carousel serving as his backdrop, Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources (and Parks & Recreation Commissioner), Michael DiBerardinis, joined other officials on a sunny but blusetery afternoon…

    • Greco/Outside Family Court

Public Space as connector was an issue for Philadelphians in 2011

My beats are varied but, time and time again, public space is the connector. That Philadelphians feel strongly about this issue, too, is clear. Some of PlanPhilly's most-read stories addressed this…

    • Commissioners Goldenberg, Hoskins, Hackett

Parks & Recreation Commission examines concession process

At Wednesday night's Parks and Recreation Commission meeting at the central branch of the Free Library, commissioners received more information on how the Department will begin implementing a comprehensive revenue model…

    • Kiosk keeps 'em coming to Chestnut Park

Kiosk keeps 'em coming to Chestnut Park

How nice to pass by Chestnut Street pocket park, which recently reopened after receiving some tweaks and upgrades, and notice that something called Bike Caffe has set up shop.The…

    • Dennis McGlade, moderator Carol Franklin, Drew Becher

Botanical Garden execs discover Our Greene Countrie Towne

This week, a record 700 attendees have come to Philadelphia for the annual conference of the American Public Gardens Association. As the event kicked off its second day of meetings at…

    • Kids in Center City

For young families, the city is increasingly a viable option

Three-year-old Vaughn is distractedly wandering around the concourse of the Comcast Center, a yellow balloon in one hand, a crumpled piece of paper in the other. He's just one of dozens…

    • Parks and Rec talks merger, trees, recreation opportunities and money

Parks and Rec readies itself for the high season

Well into the nearly two-hour meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission, Commissioner Mike DiBerardinis spoke forcefully about the challenges and opportunities his department faces. "I don't think there's a better…

    • Lessons from other cities' civic landscaping projects

Lessons from other cities' civic landscaping projects

The oohs and ahhs were many at last night's panel discussion at the Philadelphia International Flower Show, "Transforming Public Landscapes," one in a series of evening presentations by what Pennsylvania Horticultural…

The innovative ways in which cities are finding new park space

What do a popular spot for watching toads migrate and a historic cemetery have in common? They'e two non-traditional area examples that can be viewed as part of our overall open…

    • Cityscape from Bartram's Garden

Peter Harnik on "Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities" and their applications for Philadelphia.

Peter Harnik, the director of the Center for City Park Excellence at the Trust for Public Land, comes to Philadelphia next Monday to talk about Green 2015, the action plan…

    • New Year brings new resolutions at P&R

New Year brings new resolutions at P&R

Parks & Recreation Commission Chairperson Nancy Goldenberg began last night's public meeting at the Central Branch of the Free Library, by wishing everyone a happy new year. She then went on…

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