PHILADELPHIA, October 15 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter urged Philadelphia voters to back a proposal amending the Charter to merge the Fairmount Park Commission and the Department of Recreation. The question will appear on the November 4th ballot and voters will be asked to approve the creation of a Department of Parks and Recreation.
"Merging the Fairmount Park Commission and the Department of Recreation will mean a more open and transparent system of appointing commissioners, clear lines of responsibility for service delivery, and one unified department with a unified purpose – the revitalization of Philadelphia’s parks and rec system," said Mayor Nutter.
The Mayor took part in a ceremonial bill signing today at Mander Playground, 33rd and Diamond, with Councilmembers Blondell Reynolds Brown and Darrell Clarke who introduced the legislation putting the question on the ballot for November 4th.
"This legislation will provide a blueprint for the enhancement of our Parks and Rec. System and I look forward to a more transparent, efficient system that works for the benefit of all Park enthusiasts," said Councilman Darrell L. Clarke.
"Since 2004, Councilman Clarke and I worked on legislation and over time with the assistance of the Philadelphia Park Alliance and parks advocates we passed a bill to restructure the management of Fairmount Park and the Department of Recreation," said Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. "Now up for a vote on the November 4th ballot, it comes down, in essence, to replacing a group selected in secrecy with a group comprised of parks and recreation experts that are specifically charged to add value to changing the current structure. This is a move that will bring our management structure into the 21st Century."
On November 4th Philadelphia voters will be asked the following question: Shall the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to merge the powers and duties of the Fairmount Park Commission and the Department of Recreation into a newly-created Department of Parks and Recreation, to establish a new Commission on Parks and Recreation, and to provide for its powers and duties.