Due to overwhelming community interest in the $500 million Rebuild initiative to upgrade the City’s parks, playgrounds, recreation centers and libraries, Councilwoman Cindy Bass (8th District) recently announced the formation of the 8th District Rebuild Community Engagement Committee. Comprised of community organizations and volunteers, the committee will play a leading role in the scope, design, and oversight of selected Rebuild projects while also ensuring that the City honors its commitment to workforce diversity and inclusion.
“Over the past several months, I have convened a number of community meetings to brief constituents on Rebuild and the critical role they will play in the process,” stated Councilwoman Bass.
“I think we can all agree that, from a historical perspective, many local residents and groups have not had the opportunity to benefit from the many opportunities that flow from large public works projects, including jobs and contracts. By placing Philadelphians front and center in the decision-making process, this committee will make certain that Rebuild projects in the 8th District reflect community needs, priorities and, most importantly, diversity.”
The committee will work with Councilman Bass to help select Rebuild sites, implement local engagement efforts, and advise project designers on how facilities can best serve neighborhoods. In addition, they will advise Rebuild staff on workforce diversity and inclusion to ensure access to sustained work opportunities throughout the life of the Rebuild program.
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Councilwoman Bass serves as Chair of City Council’s Committee on Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs. Committee hearings on Rebuild will convene later this spring. More information at phlcouncil.com/CindyBass