Philadelphia Parks & Recreation by the Numbers:
How do Philadelphia's Parks & Recreation compare to other cities?
►Philadelphia spends just $8,906 per acre on over 11,000 acres of park and rec facilities. Chicago, a city with comparable acreage spends more than triple this amount.
►Philadelphia spends $64 per resident on parks and recreation. Cleveland spends almost double per resident, Chicago spends more than double per resident and San Francisco spends more than 5 times what Philadelphia spends per resident.
►Philadelphia has only 4 Park Employees per 10,000 residents, that’s less than half the employees per resident than Cleveland, Chicago or Pittsburg.
►Every year, Parks and Recreation has had less staff positions. In 1970 the Fairmount Park Commission had more employees than the combined Department of Parks of Recreation does today.
►In 2011, volunteers in parks alone contributed 220,000 hours, which is an estimated $4.8 billion in sweat equity.
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