Dear Friend of Philadelphia's Parks,
As you may have heard in last week's announcement
, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has appointed Kathryn Ott Lovell as the city’s new Commissioner for Parks and Recreation.
Kathryn has served as Executive Director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy for the past five years. During that time, Kathryn has elevated the organization’s profile and ushered in a dramatic shift in its strategic vision, building a host of new programs, executing innovative projects, and securing funding from an array of local and national foundations for major new initiatives. Under Kathryn’s leadership, the Conservancy has rapidly expanded while developing a strong reputation as a trusted partner of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and a collaborative leader and champion of the open space movement in Philadelphia.
As Commissioner for Parks and Recreation, Kathryn will fulfill a life-long dream to work in city government, while continuing to champion Philadelphia’s parks and their critical role in strengthening civic life, spurring economic development and fostering equity among all citizens. We look forward to our continued partnership with Kathryn in her new position.
The Conservancy's Board of Directors has already formed a search committee tasked with finding the next great leader who will continue the successful trajectory the Conservancy has experienced over the last few years. In the meantime, we are confident our work on behalf of Philadelphia’s parks will proceed without interruption, thanks to our talented and passionate leadership team and staff.
We look forward to keeping you apprised of further developments. Thank you for your extraordinary support of the Fairmount Park Conservancy.
John Gattuso, President, Board of Directors
Fairmount Park Conservancy