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Michael DiBerardinis

Kids at Vogt Recreation Center enjoy splashing. (credit: Cherri Gregg/KYW)

Sweeping Safety Changes Coming To Philadelphia Pools

At a city council hearing this past week, Deputy Mayor Michael DiBerardinis unveiled sweeping changes in the supervision of non-swimmers:

04/07/2014

(Artist's rendering of the beach-like area of The Oval.  Image provided)

Eakins Oval, Fronting the Art Museum, Will Get A Recreational Theme For Summer

Beginning July 17th and running through August 18th, it will be turned into a seashore-themed “Park on the Parkway,” featuring areas to relax, learn, and grab a bite.

07/03/2013

(Michael DiBerardinis, head of Philadelphia's Department of Parks and Recreation, said the city should increase penalties for illegal ATV use but does not support an ATV-riding park on city land.  Photos from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Council Committee OKs Harsh Penalties For Riding ATVs in City Parklands

“We simply do not have the space in Philadelphia to allow for safe operation of these vehicles and to create a buffer to help prevent community and environmental disruptions,” said parks commissioner Michael Diberardinis.

10/03/2012

(Philadelphia recreation commissioner Sue Slawson, left, and deputy mayor Michael DiBerardinis testify at a city council hearing on violence in parks and recreation centers.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Council Addresses Recreation Center Violence At Only Hearing Of Summer

More surveillance cameras may be part of the answer as city officials briefed City Council on what they admit is an ‘uptick’ in violence at recreation centers and in the parks.

08/16/2012

(The current, paved schoolyard at the William Dick Elementary School.  Photo provided by Phila. Dept. of Parks and Recreation.)

City To Convert Blacktop Into Parkland At Philadelphia Schools

Turning acres of little-used paved surfaces at Philadelphia school yards into parkland is the goal of a program being launched tomorrow by city officials.

05/09/2012

(Rebecca Rhynhart testifies at a Philadelphia City Council budget hearing on the Parks and Recreation Department.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Budget Hearing Focuses On Parks Department’s Changing Fortunes

Supporters of Philadelphia’s vast Fairmount Park system packed City Council chambers on Tuesday, urging the lawmakers to restore park system funding that has been cut in recent years.

04/17/2012

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