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(Deputy mayor Mike DiBerardinis speaks to schoolkids at the Clemente Recreation Center.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Phila. Dept. of Parks and Recreation Gets Incentive Payment For Trimming Energy Usage

Waring Elementary School students helped celebrate by dancing at Clemente Recreation Center, where deputy mayor Mike DiBerardinis said that kids like them were his chief motivation to cut his deparment’s carbon footprint.

06/09/2015

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Mayor Nutter Orders All City Parks To Be Smoke-Free, Immediately

Under the order, smoking is prohibited in more than 125 Philadelphia neighborhood parks, including dozens in the sprawling Fairmount Park system, totalling 11,000 acres of public space.

04/29/2014

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Councilman Wants Renovated Love Park To Include a Skate Park

Councilman Jim Kenney suggested that the renovation of Love Park include a section for skateboarders, who once flocked there from around the world.

02/19/2014

("Mantua in Action" partners and students accept a check from Aberdeen Asset Management's charitable foundation to fund summer and after-school activities.   Credit: Pat Loeb)

West Phila. Partnership Leading The Way For Out-of-School Activity Programs

Philadelphia officials are hoping to expand a new model for providing after-school and summer activities for youth.

06/05/2013

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Construction Set To Begin on New Port Richmond Recreation Trail

This L-shaped extension will start at Monkevitch Playground, in the shadow of I-95, and go down past Pulaski Park to Lewis Street, wrapping around the fruit distribution center and city dump.

10/22/2012

(A free food distribution on city land in May 2012.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Religious Leaders Testify Against Philadelphia’s Homeless Feeding Ban

Religious leaders have asked for a temporary injunction to halt new city regulations that bar “the free distribution of food to three or more members of the public” on city parklands.

07/09/2012

(Love Park, at 15th and JFK Blvd., in file photo)

Nutter’s Next Budget Includes $20 Million For Love Park Makeover

Mayor Nutter wants City Hall to make JFK Plaza more user friendly.

03/09/2012

(A pool at a City of Philadelphia recreation center.  File photo)

Philadelphia Rec Dept. Head Warns Of Cutbacks If State Budget Scrimps

Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett’s new budget has some fine print that could be bad news for the City of Philadelphia’s recreation department.

04/06/2011