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Rec It Philly Conference

February 24, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Honoring the past, planning for the future of Philadelphia parks

What can the next mayor do to create a great park in every neighborhood?

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 operations for Parks & Rec is absurdly low. We spend $50 per capita compared to $125 per capita in Baltimore or $176 per person in Atlanta.

Join us to honor the hard won achievements of the 2000’s and identify the key elements for creating a great park in every neighborhood.

Morning sessions

  • Honoring the past: What has worked to create great parks, rec centers and public spaces?

Afternoon sessions

  • Planning for the future: Building on what has worked, what do we want from the next mayor? How do we build public support to fund it?

This gathering is chaired by Mike DiBerardinis, hosted by the Parks & Rec Heroes Fund, and sponsored by the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the William Penn Foundation.

See the schedule and a growing list of attendees at https://publicspacephl2023.sched.com/

Tickets for this event are by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, please send an email to rec@parksrecheroes.org.


February 24, 2023
8:00 am - 4:00 pm


1900 Market Street, Floor 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States