Next Great City: Testify at City Council to Support Parks and Rec

From the Next Great City newsletter:

On April 12, over 160 individuals representing over 70 organizations came to City Council Chambers to hear Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis, Commissioner Susan Slawson and Executive Director Mark Focht testify before City Council on the proposed Fiscal Year 2011 operating budget.

Now it’s your turn! To ensure that City Council supports the proposed $3.3 million operating increase, the $5 million in capital funding for recreation and the $5.4 million in capital funding for parks for the Department of Parks and Recreation, citizens must speak out in support. 

To sign up to testify, call Sharon Ortiz (in Council President Verna's office) at 215-686-3407 to testify at one of the following times:

  • Tuesday, May 4, 2010 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. or 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 7, 2010 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.  or 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 8, 2010 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Check here for some talking points or here for tips for presenting your testimony.

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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