Please Help Save Our Park by Voicing Your Opinion!

26 Jun

Hello All,

Here’s a post I made to the Philadelphia Mountain Biking Association:

Hello Group,
I recall Jacalyn Clawson [of the Philadelphia Mountain Bike Association] mentioning to me that she’s been waiting for approval from Fairmount Park to do some trail work. Well, toady I received an email from detailing their efforts to revitalize Fairmont Park. I’ve attached the email they sent me in a word document. The links should be active. Please send a message to the Mayor today to help revitalize Fairmont Park and to support Jacalyn!


Ron C.

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Click here to tell Mayor Nutter & City Council: Restore Funding to Fairmount Park

Dear Ronald,

Fairmount Park is one of Philadelphia’s greatest natural resources. Whether you picnic with friends and family, play a game of soccer on the fields by the Art Museum, or cool off in the Wissahickon, everyone has a favorite activity in Fairmount Park.

Unfortunately, Philadelphia lags behind most other major cities in funding local parks.  In fact, an analysis by the Philadelphia Park Alliance shows that New York City provides nearly three times the funding for their park system per citizen. [1]

That lack of funding has left recreational facilities and trails in terrible shape and is why we need ensure we restore funding to Fairmount Park for this year’s budget. Or, Fairmount Park will get even worse. [2]

City Council is finalizing the budget for Fairmount Park this week and needs to hear your voice. Email Mayor Nutter and City Council and tell them to fully fund Fairmount Park.

City Council has already proposed increasing funding for Fairmount Park—but it’s not a done deal. That’s why we need Mayor Nutter and City Council to get this over the goal line and guarantee this funding for Fairmount Park.

I think the Philadelphia Inquirer said it best in an editorial last week: “…the mayor’s leadership is again needed if the city hopes to polish a park system that could be a gem.” [3]

Whether it’s walking, biking, boating, or playing sports—whatever activities in which you partake to enjoy Fairmount Park, take a moment to email City Council and Mayor Nutter and tell them why the park is valuable to you.


David Masur
PennEnvironment Director

PS. After sending your email, please forward this email to five friends in Philly who also love Fairmount Park so they can also help us ensure it’s properly funded.

[1] “Philadelphia Parks by the numbers“, Philadelphia Parks Alliance, April 2012
[2] “Broken Promises“, Philadelphia Parks Alliance, April 2012
[3] “City park needs funds to avoid shabbiness“, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 20, 2012

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I you gentleman and gentlewomen would be so kind as to offer your support by sending  a message to Mayor Nutter to help keep Fairmont Park clean it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much,



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