About Penny for Parks
Penny for Parks is an annual funding plan for parks capital improvement projects. Established in 2008, it was approved by voters as a parks improvement fund and is supported by a dedicated tax. PFP is a short and long-range financial planning and project implementation tool developed to address community needs for the ongoing improvement of parks facilities. Through this process, the Department is able to schedule the implementation of improvements over time and better able to identify phased funding strategies. A full community outreach and ranking process was established in the spring of 2012.
Here are some notable highlights from past projects:
Roosevelt Park Pathway Renovations
Building on the values of accessibility and inclusiveness laid out in BPRW’s 2015 Master Plan, new concrete walkways connect the Youth Center restrooms, basketball and tennis courts, and the main pathway through Roosevelt Park. Additionally, the main pathway through the park received a fresh coat of asphalt providing a smooth surface whether your biking, skating, or walking through the park.
Smalley Park Entrance Improvements
After completing the reconstruction of the Softball infield at Smalley Park (another Penny for Parks project) stormwater streaming into the park from Adams street began eroding the new infield and an informal pathway across the park. Installation of a new concrete vehicular ramp and sidewalk at one end directs stormwater back to the street where it belongs.
City-Wide Signage Installation
New branding leads the way to new wayfinding. We have developed comprehensive new design standards for all of our signage that utilizes consistent colors and symbols, and are easy to read even for non-English speakers. This April we rolled out new signage along the Greenway and at several of our parks. Keep an eye out for these beauty’s as you make your way around the city!
Outdoor Pickleball Lines
After a rapid deluge of public requests, two sets of pickleball lines were painted on the existing tennis courts at Calahan and Leddy Parks! We heard your requests and within two-weeks the lines were painted, ensuring more space for the “fastest growing sport in America!”
Submit Your Ideas
As always, thanks for your parks project suggestions – keep ‘em coming! So, if you have an idea, please let us know.
Just complete the online form below (or use this PDF form PFP Project Request Form):
Submissions for projects are accepted on a rolling basis. We will review submissions in January and may add your ideas into the following year’s project plans!
If you have any questions, please contact our Parks Project Coordinator, Max Madalinski, (firstname.lastname@example.org)