The Nutter administration and the Philadelphia School District have worked to reduce costs for city winter recreational programs. By cutting costs by $1.8 million, they will be able to maintain winter recreation programs for 16,000 city children using school gymnasiums.
The plan places heavier significance on the School District's larger athletic facilities, and reduces the use of smaller gyms, which cannot handle the same amount of traffic larger facilities can. The city will pay the School District $338,000 to cover longer hours at these 25 larger schools, while the District will continue to cover costs at the 80 smaller schools.
The deal takes effect Nov. 5 through March 23.