City Council has named 25 candidates it will recommend for the new Parks and Recreation Commission. Mayor Nutter has until July 1 to narrow Council's picks to nine appointees. A Council committee yesterday approved the list, and a full Council vote is expected Thursday.
The commission is to have a central advisory role to the new Department of Parks and Recreation, the product of a merger between the Fairmount Park Commission and the city Recreation Department. Six of the 15 seats go to heads of city departments.
The nominees include Fairmount Park Commissioner Debra Wolf Goldstein, Philadelphia Parks Alliance president Alexander "Pete" Hoskins, and Recreation Advisory Council president Mike McCrea. The other 22 nominees are: Noel Abejo, Charles Baltimore, Max Berger, Luther Collins, Andrew Denison, Nancy Goldenberg, Jeffrey Hackett, David Hollenberg, John B. Kelly III, Anthony Langford, Matthew McClure, Leslie Anne Miller, Carla Puppin, Carol Rice, Carlos Rodriguez, Wendy Rosen, James Straw, Sarah Clark Stuart, Joseph Syrnick, Ronald Thomas, Maria Walker, and L. Trena Woodson. - Jeff Shields