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Archive for “Fairmount Park” news
Last night, City Paper reported that the $2 billion William Penn Foundation would be suspending grants to city-related agencies indefinitely. The report identified a funding request for Bartram's Mile, a trail extension linking the East and West banks of the Schulykill River, though it's unclear which group applied for the grant.Today, I learned that the Fairmount Park Conservancy also received a letter announcing that its grant application had been suspended. (FPC operates under a public-private partnership.) The proposal, submitted in late 2012, requested $75,000 for planning work in West Fairmount Park. FPC Executive Director Kathryn Ott Lovell says she's not
A complaint filed in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania today on behalf of several religious groups in the area argues that the city's ban on feeding homeless people in city-owned parks violates the right to freely exercise religion protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments. [Metro]
A PSPCA officer has reported that a male, "pit bull-type" dog was wrapped in a blanket and set on fire at 33rd and Cecil B. Moore in Fairmount Park today. The dog will be taken back to the PSPCA headquarters for a necropsy (an animal autopsy) to determine the cause of death. [NBC Philadelphia]
Thursday night, the Fairmount Park Conservancy held its 2012 Centennial Celebration, bringing guests together at the Horticulture Center. The event featured a cocktail reception, silent auction and awards program, and co-chairs were Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, president and CEO of Citizens Bank, and Constance H. Williams, Philadelphia Museum of Art chair. (Honorary co-chairs were Mayor Nutter and Lisa Nutter.) The evening honored the Vanguard Crew for corporate stewardship (they put in more than 80,000 hours sprucing up the park); Joseph Manko Sr., for civic leadership, and park champion Ryan Howard. Scott Palmer, the Phillies' director of public affairs (left), emceed the event. Also pictured: Kathryn Ott Lovell (second from left), executive director of the Conservancy, Ruben Amaro Jr. (center), Jami Schnell (second from right), and John Nickolas (right).
Work to Ride—a non-profit created to help urban youth access equine sports—won its second consecutive National Interscholastic Polo Championship. Last March, the Fairmount Park-based program produced the first all-black high school team to win the championship. They recently followed that up with a double-overtime, shootout victory over a team from California to bring back a title from the finals at the University of Virginia. [CNN]
As if we needed any reminder after the gorgeous weather we enjoyed last week, Frommer's has included Philly on its list of the greatest cities in the world for for parks. New York, Chicago and San Francisco were the other American cities to make the cut. Now, if only it were still 78 and sunny outside... [Frommer's]
Dreams of city improvement
Not very long ago, I wrote a post about my retail wish-list for our city (speaking of which―Nordstrom! Crate and Barrel! DSW! Where are you, already?), and lots of people chimed in with suggestions of their own. Evidently, lots of us crave more and better for Philly, at least when it comes to shopping. And―no matter how much we love and take pride in our city―I suspect most of us still want more and better for our city in other realms, too.When I do interviews with prominent Philadelphians, I always ask them what they think this city still needs (the answers are fascinating), and every time I travel to another city I take note of cool things that I think Philly could copy. It's pointless, maybe, in these harsh economic (totally bankrupt) times, and possibly a little shallow given all the troubling local and national headlines lately to daydream about more stuff I want for my city. But then again, change often begins with a dream (plus a few ideas), doesn't it? (And anyway, why can't we work toward some new cabs?)So here, then, is my running list of wants.* What's on yours?