Construction Updates

Construction on the first phase of the Centennial Commons, the Parkside Edge, is set to begin in Spring 2017.  The Conservancy is committed to providing nearby residents and businesses opportunities to participate in the construction of this vital community asset. To this end, please follow the below links to get more information on how individuals and vendors can be a part of this process.

If you are a business working in demolition, site work, landscaping or construction and would like to be notified of these opportunities, please fill out this online form.  Also please note, addition to this list does not guarantee inclusion as a construction subcontractor but it will make your firm known to the selected general contractor. If you’d like a .pdf version of this same electronic form, please download one here. The .pdf version of this form may be mailed to the Fairmount Park Conservancy, 1617 JFK Boulevard, Ste. 1670, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or emailed.

If you are an individual looking for opportunities to work or to secure an apprenticeship in a skilled trade, please fill out this online form.  If you’d like a .pdf version of this same electronic form, please download one here.  The .pdf version of this form may be mailed to the Fairmount Park Conservancy, 1617 JFK Boulevard, Ste. 1670, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or emailed.

If you have any additional questions about workforce participation or construction scheduling, please contact Capital Projects Manager Chris Dougherty via email or telephone at 215-607-3491.


The Conservancy has been working closely with the Parkside community to envision and implement a new recreation/play space along the Parkside Avenue edge of West Fairmount Park that will provide new amenities and better access to the park for the neighborhood residents as well as visitors to the Please Touch Museum and the Philadelphia Zoo. This project is in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

With the support of the William Penn Foundation in 2013, the Conservancy commissioned Studio|Bryan Hanes to develop a plan that engages residents and visitors in active, educational and exploratory play and recreation within a key portion of Fairmount Park’s Centennial District.

The site, which was the central hub of the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, has a rich history, but has been left under-developed and under-supported for decades. In the summer of 2014, the Conservancy engaged Studio | Bryan Hanes to design and implement the project in three phases, beginning with the design of the Neighborhood Edge component of the project.

Studio|Bryan Hanes was tasked with developing a program and concepts for a public space that will elicit the regular participation of the Parkside community while also drawing on a regional audience of visitors. In active collaboration with the community and adjacent stakeholders, a program for the site has emerged that provides for attractive spaces for a variety of constituents.

The play area will be divided into three sections: the ‘Youth Area’, which will focus on nature-based and exploratory play for children in the range of 5 to 12 years of age; the ‘B’tweens Area’, which will provide a unique opportunity for play and socialization for an age group often ignored in the public realm, and the ‘Neighborhood Edge’, which will include passive recreation areas, seating and picnic areas, landscaping, a seat wall, a rain garden, and softened park edges.

Learn more about Centennial Commons.


For more information on any of our Capital Projects, contact Conservancy Project Manager Chris Dougherty by email: cdougherty@myphillypark.org or phone 215-607-3491.