Fairmount Park Conservancy grieves for the senseless murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and countless others and denounces the persistent patterns of state-sanctioned violence, injustice, and oppression that target black lives.
We recognize that we must work harder to dismantle centuries of systemic racism and inequality that have been present within our communities since Philadelphia’s founding. We know that this work will require us to face hard and uncomfortable truths, including examining our organization’s history and that of the the public lands on which we work.
We will begin by committing to:
- Creating safe and healing public spaces where people from all walks of life can enjoy nature without fear.
- Being honest and transparent about our own organization’s privileged history and striving to be a more accountable partner to the parks and communities they serve.
- Listening to, working with, and uplifting communities of color in all of the work that we do.
We love this city deeply and know that the heart of Philadelphia is in its people. Fairmount Park Conservancy stands with Black Lives Matter. We encourage all public space advocates to stand with us.