Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced an agreement with the Philadelphia School District to preserve winter season recreational programming and activities for more than 12,000 children in the City of Philadelphia. Indoor facilities at schools will remain open through March 17, 2012 to allow all leagues and activities to finish their seasons.
“I am extremely pleased that we were able to work with our partners at the School District, lead by Chief Recovery Officer Tom Knudsen, to save winter programming for the kids in our city,” said Mayor Nutter. “It is vital to the welfare of our youth that we continue to offer safe, constructive sports activities in school facilities in their neighborhoods.”
In light of the serious financial issues facing the School District, the City will consolidate and shift its Recreation Department programming from eighty-three school building into forty-eight locations. The City will also pay $175,000 to assist in keeping these programs operating. The School District will continue to keep their facilities open until 9:00 PM on weekdays.
“This proposal preserves a wide variety of needed programs for thousands of children, youth, and families,” said Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources Mike DiBerardinis. “These programs are at the very heart of our work, they are central to the mission of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.”
The forty-eight schools listed below will remain open on Saturday through March 17, 2012.