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December 2015 Newsletter
Nov 19, 2015
JFK Plaza/LOVE Park Redesign
Oct 28, 2015
Download the slideshow presentation (PDF, 88MB) from the final public meeting regarding the redesign of JFK Plaza/LOVE Park on October 26, 2015
November 2015 Newsletter
Oct 22, 2015
Public Meeting: Lorimer Fox Chase Trail
Oct 21, 2015
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
St. Cecilia’s School auditorium (525 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111)

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, City Planning Commission, and Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities will have staff available to discuss and answer questions about extending the Pennypack Trail on the unused SEPTA railroad tracks from where the trail ends in Rockledge Borough, to Rhawn Street. The trail will connect with Fox Chase SEPTA station.

For more information please contact: David Kanthor, Philadelphia City Planning Commission, at 215-683-4643
Emerald Ash Borer Suppression Update
Oct 14, 2015
The EAB Suppression Team comprised of PPR staff and four trained interns have completed treating approximately 1,200 of the finest ash trees located throughout the City parks system. Learn more about the team's work to protect trees from the Emerald Ash Borer.
October 2015 Newsletter
Sep 23, 2015
September 2015 Newsletter
Aug 27, 2015
Recent Storm Damage/Tree Requests
Jul 09, 2015
Following three severe wind and rainstorms within the span of ten days, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation received more than 600 tree emergency requests for fallen neighborhood street trees. In addition to fallen and/or damaged street trees, another 300 trees and limbs fell in PPR parks and recreation centers.

Download a storm damage report (PDF) to learn how PPR is prioritizing and managing this surge of downed and damaged trees, and how to report tree damage in Philadelphia.
“Grant Backs Revitalization of Philly"
Jun 16, 2015
2014 Magic Carpet Theme at The Oval Recognized by Public Art Network Year in Review
Jun 12, 2015
Chosen from more than 300 submissions, Candy Coated’s Magic Carpet at The Oval (commissioned by the Association for Public Art) was named one of 31 outstanding public art projects created in 2014, through the Public Art Network Year in Review program.

Read more about this recognition
May 2015 Newsletter
Apr 23, 2015
Pathport to PPR
Apr 07, 2015
Download the Pathport to PPR (PDF) for a broad and rich overview of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation's structure, function and budget.
2015 Summer Sports Camps
Apr 01, 2015
Our Summer Sports Camps are designed for, but not limited to, the children of Donald Finnegan Playground, Piccoli Playground and McDevitt Rec Center who are interested in one, two or several different sports and activities. The camp goal is to increase knowledge, skill and sportsmanship in several sports activities. PPR also seeks to instill a spirit of cooperation, build self-esteem, encourage healthy competition and to develop athletic abilities in campers at these facilities. Instruction will consist of skills training, drills and small-sided games with the emphasis on fun, skill development and learning the fundamentals of the games.

Download the 2015 Summer Sports Camps flyer to learn more (PDF)
April 2015 Newsletter
Mar 26, 2015
Benjamin Franklin Parkway Streetscape Improvements
Mar 25, 2015
As you may have noticed, construction has begun on the latest phase of the Parkway public realm improvements. The work has started with replacement of the curb and pavement on the Logan Square triangle between the Four Seasons Hotel and Sister Cities Park. The project includes complete replacement of curbs and sidewalks between Logan Square and 16th Street, as well as new trees, enhanced plantings, site furnishings and a new irrigation system.

The $4.2M construction project is completely funded and managed by PennDOT, in coordination with PPR and the Department of Public Property. Work is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2015, with some planting occurring in 2016.

Download an overview of Parkway Streetscape Improvements

October 20, 2015 Update from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Benjamin Franklin Parkway Traffic Pattern Change Starts October 23 in Philadelphia for Bridge Construction 
Project 250 Velodrome Determination from Commission on Parks and Recreation
Mar 13, 2015