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File #: 180435    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 5/3/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/3/2018
Title: Recognizing and honoring Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, for providing Philadelphia children and families with a free, open and safe play space for the past 120 years.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Johnson
Attachments: 1. Signature18043500.pdf
Title
Recognizing and honoring Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, for providing Philadelphia children and families with a free, open and safe play space for the past 120 years.

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WHEREAS, Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse was built with a bequest from Richard & Sarah Smith, and was dedicated to the memory of their adult son, Stanfield; and

WHEREAS, Smith's beautiful 16,000 square foot Playhouse was designed solely as a play space for children by one of Philadelphia's most prominent late 19th Century architects, James H. Windrim; and

WHEREAS, Smith remains a welcoming, safe and inclusive space to over 200,000 Philadelphians annually where differences are valued. Smith facilitates education and interaction among children and families of different backgrounds in order to promote understanding and acceptance of diversity; and

WHEREAS, Smith maintains a long tradition of free admission for families and develops relationships with community organizations in an effort to further the development of healthy children, strong families, and safe communities; and

WHEREAS, Smith provides opportunities for children in the Philadelphia Area, and beyond, to grow physically, emotionally, and intellectually; and

WHEREAS, Smith is active in an integrated, collaborative group of East Fairmount Park stakeholders, and works to increase access to the park and draw visitors to the area, including residents and tourists, for a variety of outdoor and play-inspired activities and learning; and

WHEREAS, Smith provides year-round urban nature play, maximizing the natural resources available to Smith in its unique location, and enabling children and families to enjoy their offerings throughout all four seasons. Smith is a steward of its park and woods, and purposely shapes programs around this tremendous asset; and

WHEREAS, Smith offers annual events like "Play-A-Palooza," "Kidchella Music Festival," "Healthy Halloween," and "Winter Wonderland" to pro...

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