Plan Shaping Philadelphia's Green Spaces Wins Award

GreenPlan Philadelphia, an open space plan developed and completed under two administrations and involving 13 city agencies, recently received a National Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects.
            Not only did the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources help to fund the plan, staff from the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation served as a partner in its development and the Philadelphia Natural Heritage Inventory, which was done as part of the plan.
            In honoring the plan, the awards jury said, “This plan is based in reality and even though it’s very large scale, it’s entirely achievable. It puts numbers to things and establishes a strong trend of quantifying the costs and returns. This plan represents a shift from the city saying we’re going to be the greenest city to saying we’re going to be the most successful city by leveraging our green infrastructure.”
            GreenPlan Philadelphia sets over 30 targets, including achieving at least 30 percent tree cover in every neighborhood; increasing park space to 10 acres of parkland per thousand residents; greening 100 additional schoolyards through the Campus Parks program; creating a citywide network for 1,400 miles of green streets; and ensuring that there is a trail within a half mile of all residents.
            Although more than 90 percent of Philadelphians live within a half mile of a park or recreation facility, the plan noted only 58 percent of residents are adequately served when taking facility size and barriers to access into account. For more information about the plan, visit here.

(Reprinted from the November 23 issue of DCNR's Resource online newsletter.)


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