New designs were recently unveiled for two exciting projects at FDR Park:
- A first-ever Welcome Center.
- A world-class destination play space.
The projects are a partnership among:
- Fairmount Park Conservancy
- Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
- Friends of FDR Park
Check out these project details:
The Welcome Center
The new Welcome Center will feature:
- An open-air courtyard to serve as a community gathering space.
- A staffed information center where visitors will be able to:
- Learn about about upcoming events.
- Rent equipment to use in the park.
- Sign up for park permits.
- Food and beverage vendors.
- A 30-person co-working space for park staff and community partners.
The former stables next to the Welcome Center will also be given new life. They will be turned into a cafe and separate event space overlooking Pattison Lagoon.
The Children’s Play Area: South Philadelphia’s Destination Play Space
Next to the Welcome Center will be a new play space that will encourage nature play for all ages and abilities. It will be the largest of its kind in South Philadelphia. This play area is a response to community input gathered over the past year. Children and their caregivers requested more play spaces for climbing, swinging, and exploring.
Designers WRT created a plan for the play area based on this feedback. The space will allow “wonder and wander” around the two-acre site, which will include:
- A mega-swing set with 30 swings, designed for all ages overlooking the Pattison Lagoon.
- Nature-based play equipment including spinners, log and boulder scrambles, and treehouses.
- Rolling hills with slides.
- Barrier-free adventure paths.
- A picnic area with pavilions.
- Seat walls under shady groves of trees overlooking the play area.
- New landscaping featuring beautiful native and pollinator-friendly plantings.
The design of the Children’s Play Area was funded by:
- A $250,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
- A $250,000 matching contribution from the Fairmount Park Conservancy.
The construction of the Welcome Center and play areas should begin in the summer of 2022. The play space is expected to be completed by the summer of 2023. The Welcome Center should open in the fall of 2023.