Fairmount Park Conservancy works with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to establish a variety of private businesses throughout the park system to bring new amenities and enhance the visitor experience.

Concessionaires offer the facilities, services, and goods that the city could not otherwise provide, ranging from traditional food services like the Cosmic Cafe at Lloyd Hall to The Oval, a summer pop-up park that contracts with food trucks and a local restaurateur for a pop-up beer garden. Within the system’s historic parks, concessionaires help Fairmount Park Conservancy achieve its interpretation and education mission by providing new and exciting ways for park users to experience Fairmount Park. These programs add vitality, interest, and excitement to the fascinating history preserved and protected by the city of Philadelphia.

The Horticulture Center

Located in the Centennial District of West Fairmount Park, boasting both indoor and outdoor space, The Horticulture Center is perfect for social and corporate functions from 100 to 1,200 guests. A portion of the event fees from renting the Horticulture Center benefits Fairmount Park Conservancy.

If you are interested in receiving information regarding renting the Horticulture Center for a wedding or party please contact Gail Ming, Event Specialist for STARR Events at (267) 886-1479 or email her at gail.ming@starrcateringgroup.com.

Please call 215-685-0096 for more information on visiting the Horticulture Center.

Parks on Tap

“Parks on Tap” is a travelling community beer garden that spends multi-day residencies at diverse locations throughout the City’s park system, highlighting and enhancing the offerings our parks provide.

Parks on Tap introduces residents and visitors to Philadelphia’s incredible, and often unknown, assets and helps them experience familiar parks in new ways. The program encourages people to discover, use, enjoy and support open park space.

Parks on Tap draws people into the parks, providing ample seating, restrooms and additional amenities for all to enjoy.  It features concession trucks with regional craft beers, wine, a selection of non-alcoholic beverages, and a menu of delicious, picnic-style food selections.  Guests enjoy an enhanced social experience through special activities such as live music and games on site in addition to each park’s unique activities and events.  A portion of the proceeds benefits Philadelphia’s parks.

Learn more about Parks on Tap here.

Cosmic Cafe at Lloyd Hall

A waterfront cafe on the Schuylkill River at the base of Boathouse Row, Cosmic Cafe offers fresh sandwiches, salads and snacks, using locally grown and sourced ingredients and products. Stop by for lunch or host your next private event at Cosmic Cafe at Lloyd Hall.

Wheel Fun Rentals

Wheel Fun Rentals offers recreational rentals of hybrid two-wheel bikes, surrey bikes, tandem bikes, deuce coupe bikes and Segways. Residents and visitors can access Wheel Fun Rentals in three locations throughout the Philadelphia parks system: Lloyd Hall on Boathouse Row, Love Park and the Bathey House/Trolley Car Café in East Falls.

Burholme Golf & Family Entertainment Center

Burholme Golf & Family Entertainment Center is a favorite family destination in Northeast Philadelphia. The facilities have been reopened with a renovated driving range, miniature golf course, batting cages and a new snack bar.

Other Event Venues in the Park

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s collection of spaces have plenty to offer, for both indoor and outdoor functions, and have hosted weddings, cultural, charity and corporate events for groups and parties of all sizes.

For more information about concession opportunities within Philadelphia’s parks, please contact our Associate Director of Business Development, Elizabeth Moselle: emoselle@myphillypark.org / 215-607-3480