Kenyatta Johnson, Councilmember, City of Philadelphia
Sheila Hess, City Representative, City of Philadephia
Maura McCarthy, Executive Director, Fairmount Park Conservancy
Kathryn Ott Lovell, Commissioner, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Mary Gay Scanlon, U.S. Congresswoman
Ms T, Brilliant Minds Child Learning Academy
Tyrique Glasgow, Brilliant Minds Child Learning Academy
Belinda Mills, representing Regina Young, Pennsylvania State Representative
Nikil Saval, Pennsylvania State Senator
Barbara Capozzi, Friends of FDR Park
Sarun Chan, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia
Fairmount Park Conservancy, the City of Philadelphia, elected officials, and the Friends of FDR Park will reveal new designs for FDR Park, soliciting community input on future usage, and announce significant city investment in this South Philadelphia treasure. Program will highlight the coming play space and Welcome Center at FDR Park with a speaking program and unveiling.
DETAILS: Fairmount Park Conservancy, the non-profit organization that brings Philadelphia parks to life, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Friends of FDR Park, recently began the implementation of the FDR Park Master Plan, a vision that offers a once-in-a generation opportunity to reimagine a historic Olmsted Park to serve 21st-century Philadelphians.
The Gateway Phase of the master plan will enhance the visitor experience by restoring and transforming the 5,500 square foot guardhouse at FDR Park’s Broad Street and Pattison Avenue entrance into a Welcome Center. The Welcome Center will include a courtyard with restrooms, a staffed information center, equipment rentals, food vendors, and co-working spaces for park staff and community partners. The Welcome Center will also transform the existing stables into a 4,000-square- foot cafe and 6,700-square-foot event space overlooking the Pattison Lagoon.
Adjacent to the Welcome Center will be a world-class destination play space that encourages