Philadelphia Plans to Green 500 Acres by 2015

Today Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the ambitious 'Green 2015' plan to turn approximately 500 acres of city land into public green space over the next five years, with a focus on bringing parks to currently underserved communities.

The official press statement released this morning by the mayor's office stated the following:

" 'Our goal is to focus on parks and green space as a long-term investment in Philadelphia's future,' said Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis. 'Green 2015 charts a course for action that will make our city more equitable, livable, and competitive. 'We can improve the air we breathe, protect the water we drink, provide children and families with places for recreation, and increase the attractiveness of our neighborhoods – all by taking affordable steps to transform existing land into publicly accessible green space,' DiBerardinis said. 'By any standard, Green 2015 makes sense for Philadelphia, and we look forward to engaging with many partners to advance this work.' "

Full Story: Transforming 500 acres into public green space

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