Community Spotlights

Important update from Fairmount Park Conservancy

by Maura McCarthy on March 18, 2020

This post was originally published on Friday, March 13, 2020. It will be regularly updated with the latest information. 

LAST UPDATE: 3/18/2020

As COVID-19 cases spread in our region, we wanted to let you know that Fairmount Park Conservancy takes this matter seriously. The health and well-being of Conservancy staff, partners, and community members are of the utmost priority to us, and we want to keep you informed about the extra precautions we are taking during this time.

In accordance with the guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to mitigate community spread of COVID-19, we are cancelling or postponing all Conservancy events at least through May 10th. 

We will be updating this as the CDC and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania issue additional findings and recommendations. 

These events include, but are not limited to: 

  • Member events such as guided hikes, runs, yoga classes, etc.
  • Special events at the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park. The Historic Houses are also closed to tours until April.
  • Volunteer events 
  • Our Centennial Celebration Dinner on May 14th is also postponed until a later date. 

We will update this list periodically as more information becomes available. We will also update our website, send out emails, and contact all ticket buyers with updates in the coming weeks.  

In addition, the Conservancy’s office will be closed at least through April 27th and staff will be working remotely. If you need to reach staff, please contact them via email. Click here for contact information.

In the meantime, Philly parks remain open and there are countless ways to enjoy them in safe and healthy ways:

  • Take a walk: Research shows that spending 20 minutes in nature can reduce stress levels. Boxers’ Trail in East Fairmount Park offers paved and dirt paths. 
  • Love your park –  solo! Grab a trash bag and help clean your local park. Show us your accomplishments by tagging #myphillypark on social media!
  • Take note of your favorite nearby tree. Download the iNaturalist app (which you’ll need anyway for the City Nature Challenge in late April) and start to identify the plants and wildlife in your community! 

If you do visit your Philly park, please
practice social distancing

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before and after visiting and avoid touching surfaces such as fences, handrails, or playground equipment 
  • Bring hand sanitizer with you if available
  • Avoid congregating in groups
  • Maintain a safe distance of at least 6 feet between you and other park-users 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Bring your own water bottle and food 
  • If you feel sick, please stay home. 

We will continue to provide updates in the coming weeks and appreciate your understanding during this time. Philly parks are here for you.