Speak up to protect Philadelphia’s parks and open spaces

Fourth District Councilman Curtis Jones is the sponsor of a billboard bill, No. 180387, that re- zones a narrow strip of land zoned for Parks and Open space in Fairmount Park to I-2 (Medium Industrial) zoning.

Sign the petition against the billboard!

The zoning change is intended to allow the erection of a double-sided digital billboard within an area of West Park between Montgomery Drive and the Strawberry Mansion Bridge.

The area is surrounded by parkland not far from the Bill Pritchard Riding Academy, within 660 feet of Belmont Plateau and 225 feet of Martin Luther king Drive.  The spot zoning is intended to allow a section of a railroad right of way to be used for a billboard. The strip of land is adjacent to I-76.  The Federal Highway Beautification Act strictly prohibits billboards in parks and open spaces and forbids spot zoning to erect billboards.  PennDOT is now charged with enforcing the federal and state billboard laws in Philadelphia and they have been made aware of this bill.

Here’s what you can do to help protect Fairmount Park:

  1. Sign this petition against the legislation.
  2. Attend Rules Committee hearing – May 23 10AM.  City Hall Rm 400.
  3. Call Council Members on Rules Committee:
Curtis Jones, Jr (sponsor) – (215) 686-3416, (215) 686-3417
Chair William K. Greenlee- (215) 686-3446, (215) 686-3447
Vice Chair Mark Squilla- (215) 686-3458, (215) 686-3459
Cindy Bass- (215) 686-3424, (215) 686-3425
Blondell Reynolds Brown- (215) 686-3438, (215) 686-3439
Kenyatta Johnson- (215) 686-3412, (215) 686-3413
Bobby Henon  (215) 686-3444, (215) 686-3445
Maria D. Quiñones Sanchez- (215) 686-3448, (215) 686-3449
Al Taubenberger- (215) 686-3440, (215) 686-3441