Fairmount Park. What is it exactly? For some, it’s their neighborhood park. For others, it’s the Schuylkill River bordered by Kelly and Martin Luther King Drives. Yet others describe it as "a big park in Philadelphia". But when pressed to elaborate, some confusion abounds.
In the here and now, Fairmount Park is Philadelphia’s Park System. With over 9,200 acres, it claims 10% of the land in Philadelphia (City and County). Fairmount Park has been called "one of the largest urban parks in the country" (although other cities are catching on to this great idea and are collecting green space).
Fairmount Park is comprised of 63 regional and neighborhood parks. The larger of these parks are: East and West Parks, Franklin D. Roosevelt Park, Pennypack Park, Poquessing Park, Tacony Creek Park and Wissahickon Valley Park.
Center, Franklin, Logan, Rittenhouse and Washington Squares are also part of Fairmount Park. Add in the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, JFK Plaza (a.k.a. Love Park) and the Isaac D. Levy Park (Race and 17th Streets) and hopefully the parameters or our wonderful Park are becoming a little less confusing.
Fairmount Park is owned by the City of Philadelphia. The Fairmount Park Commission determines the Park’s policies and procedures. The Fairmount Park staff, employees of the City of Philadelphia, carry out these policies and procedures.
The Fairmount Park Conservancy is the non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that is the fund raising entity for Fairmount Park.
The Fairmount Park Art Association commissions, interprets, and preserves public art in Philadelphia. Last but not least is the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust works to improve the preservation, use, and management of historic resources in our Park.
Whew. Hope you got that. If not, please visit the individual links which will give you more info.
Through the pages of this site, you’ll learn a lot more about Fairmount Park. It’s a great resource and one we must treasure.