Join us for a special walking tour of Parkside!
Saturday, May 22, 2021
1:00pm - 3:30pm
School of the Future
4021 Parkside Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Join us for a special walking tour of Parkside with Michael Burch (science educator, community organizer, and founder of the Parkside Journal) and John Sigmund, Public Programs Coordinator and passionate park history buff.
Parkside. The name says it all — it’s the neighborhood beside West Fairmount Park. Similarly to Strawberry Mansion on the other side of the Schuylkill, Parkside is where the city grid meets the greenspace, buffered by a boulevard of grand homes facing the park. Much of the Parkside neighborhood was built during the 1876 Centennial Exhibition. Originally populated by German-Americans and Jewish immigrants of Russian descent, after World War II, the Great Migration coupled with ‘white flight’ transformed Parkside into a predominantly African-American neighborhood, which it remains to this day. In 1983, community organizers got the neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its cultural legacy and many fine examples of Victorian architecture.
Tour highlights include:
– Parkside Apartments. (when built it was one of the tallest apartment buildings in the city)
– School of the Future
– Christ Community Baptist Church (built from an Old synagogue)
– Lansdowne Apartment Building built in 1897
– Centennial Commons
– An INSIDE tour of a historic Parkside apartment building where you can experience the view of the park from the perspective of Parkside
– Philadelphia Stars Negro League Memorial Park and mural
-PLUS! Exclusive access to the Centennial Exposition grounds scale model at the Please Touch Museum.
TICKET PRICES: Pay what you can – $15, $20, or $25
ATTENDEE INSTRUCTIONS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: -Appropriate for Adults and families with children ages 12 & up. Minors must be registered and accompanied by an adult. -Please wear comfortable shoes -Please dress according to weather conditions. -Please bring your own water and snacks (drinking water is not available in the park) -Dogs on leash are welcome -There are nearby bathrooms available before or after the tour (if absolutely necessary) COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: By registering for this event you are agreeing to follow ALL of these protocols: This event will be capped at 10 people. Please only register if you fully intend to attend and let us know if you need to cancel ASAP. All participants must wear a mask for the duration of the event Participants must maintain 6 feet of distance from one another during the event If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home.
CAP / COVID PROTOCOL: COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: By registering for this event you are agreeing to follow ALL of these protocols:
This event will be capped at 20 people. Please only register if you fully intend to attend and let us know if you need to cancel ASAP.
All participants must wear a mask for the duration of the event
Participants must maintain 6 feet of distance from one another during the event
If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home.
POSTPONEMENT / CANCELLATION POLICY: This event will take place in light rain. In the event of heavy rain or other severe conditions, the event will be cancelled and attendees are eligible for a full refund.
MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: If Philadelphia’s parks make a difference in your life – consider becoming a member of Fairmount Park Conservancy and help ensure that Philadelphia’s parks are enhanced for generations to come. PLUS members register first for events and enjoy discounts on park experiences including Treetop Quest, Shofuso and more!