ADVISORY COUNCIL March 11, 2009
James L. Brown IV
Joanne R. Denworth, Esq. Honorable Michael A. Nutter
William J. Grubb
Anita Toby Lager City Hall, Room 215
Mamie Nichols Philadelphia, PA 19107
Ralph R. Smith, Esq.
Sandra W. Weckesser, Esq. Dear Mayor Nutter:
BOARD OF DIRECTORS On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Parks Alliance, our
OFFICERS partners and our supporters, we applaud you for appointing Michael
Pete Hoskins DiBerardinis to lead Philadelphia’s new Department of Parks and
Robert P. Thomas
VICE PRESIDENT With the appointment of Mr. DiBerardinis, you have fulfilled your call for a
Paul Bonfanti visionary and exceptional leader with a distinct skill set and a deep
TREASURER knowledge and passion for parks and recreation – the unique talent for
Beth Ounsworth whom the Parks Alliance has been advocating.
AT LARGE MEMBERS Your leadership along with that of Councilmembers Clarke and Reynolds
Graham Finney Brown and the overwhelming citizen support of the Charter referendum
Doris Gwaltney last November, has made this excellent appointment possible.
William D. McCall
John C. Mitkus The Parks Alliance is prepared to work with you, Mr. DiBerardinis, Mark
Lane Taylor, Jr. Focht, Susan Slawson, City Council and the citizens of Philadelphia on the
challenging and exciting effort to successfully reform the city’s park and
STAFF recreation system.
Lauren K. Bornfriend Sincerely yours,
Lauren Bornfriend Pete Hoskins
Bevin Parker Executive Director Board President
Cc: Secretary Michael DiBerardinis
Councilman Darrell Clarke
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown
Various members of media