Exciting News!

FDR Park Gateway Project receives $4.5M in funding!

by Melissa Romero on March 9, 2021

On Tuesday, March 9, Fairmount Park Conservancy joined the City of Philadelphia at FDR Park to announce $4.5 million in funding for the latest implementation of the FDR Park Master Plan, the Gateway Project.

Mayor Jim Kenney was joined by the Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and PA RACP to announce the funding for the project, which will help create a modern Welcome Center at FDR Park and design a world-class destination playscape – the first of its kind in South Philadelphia. 

The total 2020 funding committed to the project includes:

  • $1 million from the City of Philadelphia
  • $3 million from PA RACP
  • $250,000 from PA DCNR, matched by $250,000 from the Conservancy. This will go to support the design of the Pattison Playground.

“Throughout the master planning process, we learned that park-goers wanted more nature and more play at the Lakes. The Pattison Playground will bring both to South Philadelphia, thanks to the generous support of the DCNR grant,” said Maura McCarthy, Ph.D., Executive Director of Fairmount Park Conservancy. “Fairmount Park Conservancy has been committed to the future of FDR Park since day one, and we can’t wait for families to enjoy this one-of-a-kind playscape.”


The Welcome Center. Renderings by WRT.

Click here to view Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s press release about the Gateway Project funding announcement.


To learn more about the future of FDR Park, please join us for our virtual FDR Park Open House on April 7th at 5:30pm. Register here.


To learn more about the FDR Park Master Plan, please visit: https://myphillypark.org/fdr-park.