Friends of Clark Park are thrilled about City Council’s decision to pass the soda tax this week. In addition to providing funds for a universal pre-K program, the tax will bring in badly-needed revenue for Philadelphia’s parks, recreation centers, and libraries – to the tune of $300 million dollars!
Friends of Clark Park would like to thank the Council members who voted in support of the bill, including our very own Jannie Blackwell, plus at-large members Blondell Reynolds Brown, Allan Domb, Derek Green, Bill Greenlee, and Helen Gym. Thank you for standing up for Philadelphia’s underfunded parks!
A message from our friends at the Philadelphia Parks Alliance —
Tomorrow (5/25/16), Philadelphia City Council is holding important committee votes on budget revenue plans, which could fund more than $300 million in capital funding for parks, recreation centers, and libraries. This would be the largest direct investment in our community infrastructure in the history of our city. To fund this landmark initiative, along with sweeping expansions of Pre-K, the creation of new community schools, and the reduction of pension debt, Mayor Kenney has proposed a $0.03 per ounce tax on sugar sweetened beverages–to date the only proposal which fully funds all of these initiatives. We need your voice at City Hall NOW to help get the sugar drink tax passed.
Wet weather could not dampen the enthusiasm of park-lovers and beer-drinkers last weekend, as the Friends of Clark Park held their annual Party in the Park. Despite the occasionally inclement weather, bands played, beers were sipped, and memberships were renewed. Thanks to all who made this event possible!
Hillary Clinton has announced she is “very supportive” of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed Sugary Drinks Tax as the best way to rebuild the city’s bedraggled parks & recreation centers, as well as toget pre-K services for all young children.
The Democratic Presidential frontrunner told a packed forum in Philadelphia Wednesday evening: “I’m very supportive of the Mayor’s proposal to tax soda. I mean, we need universal pre-school. And if that’s a way to do it, that’s how we should do it.”
“This is major step forward for all Philadelphians who believe that we must invest in our children and in our neighborhoods, and we appreciate Secretary Clinton’s support for the plan to expand pre-K services throughout the city,” said Kevin Feeley, spokesman for Philadelphians for a Fair Future, the coalition of more than 50 citywide organizations supporting the proposed tax to fund investments in pre-K, community schools, & revitalized recreation centers, parks & libraries. “Her support helps the public understand that there is a critical need for these investments, and the proposed Sugary Drinks Tax is the fairest and most effective way to pay for them.”
The Sugary Drinks Tax is a means to pay for a bond issue that will lead to a $500 million investment to restore parks & education all across Philadelphia. It means jobs. It means families. It means growth. It means boosting real-estate values. It’s huge. We need it now.
FRIENDS OF CLARK PARK solidly backs this creative public policy & urges all park-lovers to let City Council know they demand it. It’s time we ended a lifetime of neglect for Philadelphia’s precious green spaces! We’ve been cheated before; enough is enough.
Philadelphians for a Fair Future represents a growing coalition of organizations from all walks of life in Philadelphia, including: Public Citizens for Children and Youth; the Philadelphia Parks Alliance; the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers; Education Voters of Pennsylvania; the Service Employees International Union; Center for Popular Democracy; the Alliance of Community Service Providers; the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children; Men United for a Better Philadelphia; Ceiba; Action United; Aspira; the Center for Science in the Public Interest; FOP Lodge 5; Firefighters Local 22; District Councils 33 and 47, AFSCME; Youth United for Change; and multiple community-development corporations and small-business owners from throughout the city.
The coalition’s activities are focused on raising public awareness about the importance of the Mayor’s budget investments and the need to enact the Sugary Drinks Tax as the only fair way to pay for them.
Please note that the scheduled General Membership Meeting on April 18th has been postponed. The new date is Monday, April 25th, at 7 pm at the University of the Sciences, Griffith Hall Lecture Hall A. Bring your questions and concerns, and find out what’s happening in the park!
Because of the rain, today’s soccer sessions are cancelled, but we will still be doing walk-in registration and t-shirt pick up from 10:00 to 12:30 in Rosenberger Hall. Please note that teams for ages 5-7 are completely full; we are only accepting registration for children ages 8 to 11.
We will have walk-in registration for the spring season of Clark Park Youth Soccer for ages 8 to 11 only on Saturday, April 2nd, 10 am to 12:30 pm, in Rosenberger Hall (brick building on 43rd Street side of the park). Teams for all younger age groups are now full. Please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.