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Here's What the First, $50M Phase of FDR Park's Redesign Will Look Like

The 348-acre park in South Philadelphia was designed by the Olmsted Brothers in 1914 and opened in 1921

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Philadelphia is investing $50 million into executing an intensive redesign of FDR Park, with plans underway for the initial “gateway phase” that will include a welcome center and two-acre play space, the Philadelphia Business Journal reports.

The investment of city funds, which will be distributed over the next five years, will help implement the ongoing $250 million FDR Park Master Plan. Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, and Friends of FDR Park published the plan in 2019 in an effort to update the park to better serve 21st-century visitors. The 348-acre park in South Philadelphia was designed by the Olmsted Brothers in 1914 and opened in 1921. 

Under the "gateway phase" of the plan, the 5,500-square-foot guardhouse at the park's Broad Street and Pattison Avenue entrance will be restored and converted into the new welcome center.

Read more about the plan to redesign FDR Park at PBJ.com.

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See renderings of the "gateway phase" plans below.

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A rendering of Pattison Playground at FDR Park.
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A rendering of the 6,700-square-foot event space at FDR Park.
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A rendering of the Welcome Center at FDR Park.
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A rendering of the courtyard at FDR Park.
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A rendering of the mega-swing at FDR Park.
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