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.
Watch videos from our launch event!
Click here to see video clips from the Urban Sustainability Forum where Green2015 was launched, December 7, 2010. The videos are divided into five portions by speakers.
Check out the links below to read the notes from all six civic engagement sessions:
Green2015 is a project led by the Department of Parks and Recreation in coordination with Greenworks Philadelphia and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission's comprehensive planning process. The project is supported with grants from the William Penn Foundation and Lenfest Foundation to engage PennPraxis, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Penn Project for Civic Engagement.