Rebuild

Building stronger communities, one park, recreation center, and library at a time.

About

There are more than 400 neighborhood parks, recreation centers, and libraries in Philadelphia. They serve as safe spaces for people to learn, play, exercise, and get access to important services. However, about 90 percent of these places are in need of investment.

A historic investment in Philadelphia communities

Made possible by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax, Rebuild will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in improving community facilities. Through its projects, Rebuild will:

  • Make physical improvements to parks, recreation centers, and libraries.
  • Promote diversity and economic inclusion. Rebuild will support minorities and women who work (or want to work) in the design and construction industries.
  • Engage with community members to leverage their knowledge, power, and expertise. Community feedback will inform the improvements that are made to facilities.

For media inquiries, contact press@phila.gov.

Connect

Address
1515 Arch St.
Mezzanine level
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Email rebuild@phila.gov
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Process

Interested to know what sites have been approved so far? You can see our list or explore Rebuild’s interactive map.

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Selection

Mayor Kenney has made equity a top priority for selecting Rebuild sites. Most sites are expected to be in high-need communities that face high rates of poverty, drug crimes, and health risks.

Rebuild will also prioritize sites where the investment could promote community development and stabilization, as well as sites that are in extremely poor condition.

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Approval

Each year, Rebuild will suggest a list of projects that must be approved by City Council. The approved projects will then launch in phases.

Some Rebuild projects could include small but important improvements, such as fixing a leaking roof or replacing a broken boiler. Other projects might design a new master plan for a site.

Project budgets will range from $50,000 to more than $13 million. The budget for each project will be based on the conditions of the facility.

Get involved

Events

  • May
    29
    Rebuild Vendor Networking Event
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19139, USA

    Rebuild Vendor Networking Event

    May 29, 2019
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
    The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19139, USA
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    Learn how to participate in upcoming Rebuild projects.

    Rebuild is committed to making sure a diverse set of businesses have opportunities to work on Rebuild projects.

    At this event, you'll have a chance to:

    • Meet the nonprofits applying to manage the next round of Rebuild projects.
    • Learn about the next round of Rebuild projects.
    • Hear updates on Rebuild and the contracting process.
    • Learn about Rebuild Ready, a program to help prepare diverse businesses to compete for Rebuild contracts.
    • Get information on becoming an official minority- or woman-owned business through Rebuild's Emerging Vendors Program.

    Limited parking will be available. Please RSVP.
  • Jun
    18
    Rebuild Oversight Board Meeting
    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
    TBD

    Rebuild Oversight Board Meeting

    June 18, 2019
    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, 2 hours
    TBD
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    The Oversight Board meets quarterly and is charged with reviewing Rebuild's progress and making recommendations for the program. Oversight Board meetings are also an important tool to give the public a chance to hear updates, provide comment, and ask questions. The meeting will cover:

    • Updates from Rebuild   
    • Financial report   
    • Examples of inspirational Parks and Rec and Free Library projects   
    • Comments and Q&A
  • Oct
    24
    Rebuild Oversight Board Meeting
    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
    TBD

    Rebuild Oversight Board Meeting

    October 24, 2019
    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, 2 hours
    TBD
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    The Oversight Board meets quarterly and is charged with reviewing Rebuild's progress and making recommendations for the program. Oversight Board meetings are also an important tool to give the public a chance to hear updates, provide comment, and ask questions. The meeting will cover:

    • Updates from Rebuild 
    • Financial report 
    • Examples of inspirational Parks and Rec and Free Library projects 
    • Comments and Q&A

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