7 new places to explore in Philly’s parks this summer

by Melissa Romero on May 24, 2018

Welcome LOVE Park's big comeback


Here, we've mapped many of the exciting new spots to check out this summer in Philly's parks. For even more ideas of fun things to do in Philly's parks this summer with the Conservancy, click here.

16th St. and John F. Kennedy Blvd.

In 2016, LOVE Park closed to undergo major renovations. It will officially reopen to the public on May 30th, complete with the recently restored LOVE sculpture by the late Robert Indiana, a new fountain, and more green space. Free programming and the opening of the historic Fairmount Park Welcome Center will take place later in the year. Save the Date for LOVE Park's grand opening on May 30th and join Friends of LOVE Park for the first party in the park that night!

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A replica of William Rush's historic Allegory of the Schuylkill (Nymph and Bittern) sculpture has been installed at Fairmount Water Works.

Admire gorgeous new sculptures at Fairmount Water Works


640 Waterworks Drive

Two replicas of historic sculptures by neoclassical artist William Rush were installed at their original locations at Fairmount Water Work this past winter, but summer may be the best time to check them out. Allegory of the Schuylkill River (Nymph and Bittern) and the Mercury date back to the early 19th century, but have been remade to last thanks to a team including the Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Mark B. Thompson Associates LLC, and Stratton Sculpture Studios. The restoration project was made possible by support from the William B. Dietrich Foundation.

Stay tuned for details on a dedication later this year!

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Swing over to Centennial Commons


41st and Parkside Avenue

The first phase of Centennial Commons is a new park within a park that officially opens this June! The first phase will invigorate an area of West Fairmount Park that was formerly the center hub of the Centennial Exhibition of 1879. Neighbors and visitors can enjoy the transformed space featuring granite seatwalls, benches, and eight custom bench swings. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on June 13. Centennial Commons is one of five public space projects in Philadelphia’s Reimagining the Civic Commons Initiative, convened by Fairmount Park Conservancy with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the William Penn Foundation.

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Rail Park rendering

Explore the Rail Park


13th and Noble

The first phase of the Rail Park, a quarter-mile-long elevated park, opens along the old Reading Rail Line in June. Along with the Centennial Commons (#3), the Rail Park is one of the five public space projects in Philadelphia's Reimagining the Civic Commons Initiative, and will eventually stretch three miles. The first phase of the Rail Park will celebrate its grand opening on June 14.

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A man walks along one of Treetop Quest's lifted bridges.

Zip through the trees at Treetop Quest


Chamounix Drive and W. Ford Road

Get ready to monkey around at Treetop Quest this spring in West Fairmount Park! After officially opening in early May, Treetop Quest became the first and only aerial adventure experience in Philly, with 65 obstacles and 17 zip lines set up high above the park. Conservancy members at $50 level and above can receive a special discount on tickets through their Park Perk Pass. Learn more about becoming a member here.

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Hike the hidden Trolley Trail network


3250 South Chamounix Drive

The Fairmount Park Trolley operated in East and West Fairmount Park from 1896 to 1946, providing a reliable and enjoyable means of accessing park amenities. Thanks to ongoing efforts to establish an official Trolley Trail, much of the physical remains of the hidden trolley network can be explored by foot and bike! The Conservancy is hosting special guided hikes of the Trolley Trail now through the fall. Free for Conservancy members and $10 for non-members. Register here.

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Play ball at Hunting Park Handball Courts


1101 W Hunting Park Avenue

Hunting Park has a set of new handball courts as part of its ongoing revitalization, which have already established Hunting Park as a “green anchor” for the surrounding community. The completion of the $190K handball courts, financially supported by Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez, marks the latest project to be completed as part of the multimillion dollar Master Plan for the revitalization of Hunting Park.

Stay tuned for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony this summer!

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