Restaurants, playgrounds proposed for Fairmount Park


Penn Praxis contributed to the plan, unveiled on Tuesday




Philadelphia Parks and Recreation is trying to revitalize the City's version of Central Park. 

On Tuesday, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, along with PennPraxis, the applied research arm of PennDesign,  the William Penn Foundation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy presented recommendations for a new East and West Fairmount Park, which borders the Schuylkill River between the Philadelphia Art Museum and the Laurel Hill Cemetery. 

The plan for the 2,050 acre space included measures that will make the park more accessible to its users, as well as suggestions to build new playgrounds, restaurants and carousels. 

One major element of the plan entails utilizing the creeks that feed into the neighboring Schuylkill River. To do so, Parks and Recreation hopes to create a swimming pool, a fishing pier  and other opportunities for public boating access.

To make access to the park safer, the plan calls for rerouting Belmont Avenue and reconfiguring bridges including the Strawberry Mansion Bridge and the Girard Bridge. Footpaths over local infrastructure would connect more people to the space. 

Other potential changes encompass connecting trails within the park, creating attractive gateways into the space and introducing activities that will make the area attractive for people of all ages.

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