Friends of the Wissahickon Hosts Spring Valley Talk on “Empowering Philadelphia’s Parks” – 4/11
How can Philadelphia’s next mayor create a great park for every neighborhood?
PHILADELPHIA – March 30, 2023 – Let’s get our next mayor to ensure there is a great park in every Philadelphia neighborhood. Join Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) for a spring Valley Talk on “Empowering Philadelphia’s Parks” with speaker Alex Doty, executive director of the Parks & Rec Heroes Fund (formerly Philadelphia Parks Alliance) on Tuesday, April 11 at 6 p.m.
The past two decades have seen the creation and revival of great parks, like Bartram’s Garden and the Discovery Center, and historic capital investments through Rebuild. However, funding for Parks & Rec operations is dramatically lower than other large urban cities. Case in point: Philadelphia spends $50 per capita compared to $125 in Baltimore or $176 in Atlanta.
Doty has spent two decades advocating for public space development and funding in Philadelphia, from Circuit Trails and bike lanes to Parks & Rec.
This free 90-minute hybrid event will be in person at Valley Green Inn and online via Zoom. Register here.
FOW’s Valley Talks are sponsored by Prentiss Smith & Co. The next spring presentation will be on Tuesday, May 9, on “Native Plants in Lenape Language, Legend, and Practice,” with Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania Clan Mother Dr. Ann Dapice, Clan Mother Shelley DePaul, and Chief of Education Adam Waterbear DePaul.