Fairmount Park Conservancy, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, has launched a master planning process for the 348-acre FDR Park in South Philadelphia. FDR’s popularity, years of heavy use, and regular flooding have taken a toll on its infrastructure and environmental integrity. The goal of the master plan is to revitalize the park, restoring it back to its original intent as an urban oasis for people as well as plants and animals, and create a shared vision for the park’s future.


Project Updates

August 2017: The Conservancy issues an RFP for the FDR Park Master Plan.

March 2018: Out of the 15 applications received from design firms, WRT is selected to develop the master plan. Read the press release here.

May 2018: FDR Park user survey published. Take the survey here.

June 14, 2018: The first community meeting on the FDR Park Master Plan was held at Calvary Temple (20th and Geary streets) from 6 to 8 pm. To view a recap presentation of the community meeting, please click here.

August 24, 2018: The Conservancy issues a Call for Artists to create an outdoor environmental art installation or interactive experience that invites visitors and community members to engage with the relationship between FDR Park and climate change. Learn more here.

October 2018: WRT and The Conservancy host a series of community design workshops in South Philadelphia to ask park users how they would design FDR Park. Learn more here.

October 20, 2018: Exploration Day at FDR Park features the unveiling of artist Nicole Donnelly’s Carved in Water installation, a paper-making station, and guided walks of the park with Let’s Go Outdoors. Learn more here.

November 14, 2018: The second community meeting on the FDR Park Master Plan was held at South Philly High from 6 to 8 pm. The meeting had 169 people in attendance, with the opportunity to learn more about the master plan and weigh in on potential improvements to the park.


Project background

FDR Park was designed by the Olmsted Brothers and opened in 1921 as League Island Park. The park is a designated Historic District by the Philadelphia Historical Commission and is home to a series of lakes and lagoons, a golf course, the American Swedish Historical Museum, and a range of recreation facilities including tennis courts, ball fields, and a skate park.

FDR Park enjoys heavy use and activity, but as a result its infrastructure and environmental integrity have suffered. In order to restore South Philadelphia’s only large park to its original intent as an urban oasis, the Conservancy, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Friends of FDR Park, has embarked on a master planning process. After the Conservancy issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in August 2017, Philly-based design firm WRT, LLC was selected out of the 15 applicants to develop the master plan.

WRT and the Conservancy expect to solicit significant community input throughout the nine- to 12-month planning process.

Read the press release about the master planLearn more about FDR Park's history on our blog

Residents of South Philadelphia and regular FDR Park users are encouraged to participate in the master planning process for FDR Park. Sign up for updates and notice of community meetings below.