A New Vision for Philly's Fairmount Park

Fairmount Park is set to become more accessible to Philadelphians, as plans to connect the east and west sides of the park with surrounding neighborhoods was unveiled Tuesday night.

Originally conceived as a watershed park to protect the city’s water supply, Fairmount Park was never designed to be a leisurely destination like Central Park in New York City, and that’s because it’s not all that convenient for Philadelphians.

It had no “attempt to develop parts of the city,” said Harris Steinberg, executive director of PennPraxis, the applied research arm of the University of Pennsylvania. “And, because of that, it doesn’t have that park-like connective tissue that other parks have — it’s a series of other parks pieced together.” Read more about this story on PBJ.com.

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