Rebuilding Community Infrastructure (Rebuild) is Mayor Jim Kenney's $500 million initiative to invest in neighborhood parks, recreation centers and libraries. Across Philadelphia, more than 400 sites are eligible for Rebuild investment. Each year, Rebuild will work with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, the Free Library of Philadelphia, City Council, and other City agencies to propose a group of sites to be improved through Rebuild.   


Faced with difficult choices between many deserving neighborhoods and facilities in poor condition, the Kenney Administration is using demographic data to help inform the site selection process. Rebuild has a goal of promoting equity by investing in neighborhoods with high need. Rebuild is also seeking to select sites where investment could help to stabilize or revitalize a community. 


See below for more information about the data that is being used to help select sites.


High Need


When neighborhoods have high rates of poverty, crime, and health risks, high quality community spaces are especially important. Parks, recreation centers, and libraries provide residents with a wide range of services, programs, and benefits that contribute to a better quality of life in neighborhoods facing challenges.


The following indicators are being used to identify sites in neighborhoods with high needs:


Poverty - Philadelphia has one of the highest poverty rates in the country. Investing in neighborhoods with high rates of poverty will provide improvements to neighborhoods that need them most.


Drug Crimes - Crime can create many challenges for communities. Drug crimes were used to assess need because they tend to be tied to a specific place, while other types of crime may not be repeated as consistently in the same location. Furthermore, improvements and programs could lead to increased usage at sites which, in combination with better lighting and security cameras, may help to decrease drug crimes on or around Rebuild sites.


Health Indicators (Asthma, Obesity, and Diabetes) - Some Philadelphia neighborhoods have serious health challenges, such as high rates of childhood and adult obesity, diabetes, and asthma. Rebuild is investing in community spaces that promote physical activity, encourage a healthier lifestyle and offer access to health benefits, like health screenings or flu shots.

Stabilization and Revitalization


The following indicators are being used to identify sites in neighborhoods where a Rebuild investment could help stabilize or revitalize a neighborhood.


Market Value Analysis - Reinvestment Fund's Market Value Analysis (MVA) uses a variety of indicators to identify neighborhoods where community investment could have the greatest impact. These may include neighborhoods that have historically been stable but are showing signs of stress, as well as neighborhoods that are showing early signs of revitalization. By improving a park, recreation center, or library in these communities, Rebuild could help stabilize a neighborhood or contribute to continued positive momentum.


Household Growth - Household growth shows whether there has been an increase in the number of households in a neighborhood. Rebuild investments can help equip facilities to serve more people in neighborhoods where the number of households is growing.

Residential Building Permits - Permits for residential construction is a sign of investment in a community. Rebuild projects have the potential to provide the high-quality amenities that long-time residents have waited for, while also equipping facilities to serve more people where a neighborhood is growing.