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Fairmount Park was officially founded in 1855 when the Lemon Hill estate was dedicated as a public park and renamed Fairmount Park. Support came from 2,400 citizens who signed a petition urging the purchase of Lemon Hill.

Unlike New York City's Central Park with its man-made landscapes, Fairmount Park evolved through the absorption of older estates, their tree groves and open meadowland without significant alterations.

Victorian park planners sought calming experiences and activities for park visitors. Compare this to today's more athletic uses of the park. The park design attempted to discourage rowdiness by fostering reflection and access to healthy air and water. By the end of the 19th century, the Fairmount Park Commission began to accommodate the complex needs of the public, adding rather than limiting the scope of its recreation facilities and resources. The automobile, in particular, challenged the mission of the park as a place for quiet and recreation. On the other hand, it allowed greater access to the park, ushering in a new generation of park users.

Today Fairmount Park is comprised of 62 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, as are the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, JFK Plaza (a.k.a. Love Park) and the Isaac D. Levy Park (Race and 17th Streets).

Fairmount Park is operated by the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department.

Contact Information
1515 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

phone: (215) 686-1776

website: Visit Official Web Site

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National Register of Historic Places

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