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High ideals, hopes for city parks and rec

The former state parks chief promises Philadelphians "the nation’s premier park and recreation system."

What's not to like in city parks and rec czar Michael DiBerardinis' new vision statement just issued for the merged Fairmount Park and Recreation Department?

The former state parks chief promises "the nation's premier park and recreation system by connecting to the City and region's environmental, economic, social, cultural, historic and physical health through programs, practices and policies."

In setting his course, DiBerardinis pretty clearly hopes to bring everybody into the tent. According to the Philadelphia Parks Alliance, the mission statement "reflects the input of more than 700 community partners and staff, who have reviewed the document since early May and have shared feedback reflective of their concerns and aspirations."

Now for the hard part: Turning dreams into reality in a challenging fiscal climate.