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Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
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Fairmount Park is the municipal park system of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It consists of 63 parks, with, all overseen by the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation, successor to the Fairmount Park Commission in 2010. Fairmount Park is one of the largest urban park systems in the United States.Fairmount Park properThe park system is named after its first park, Fairmount Park, which occupies nearly half the area of the whole system, at over. Today, the commission divides the original park into East and West Fairmount parks. The original domain of Fairmount Park consisted of three areas: "South Park" or the South Garden immediately below the Fairmount Water Works extending to the Callowhill Street Bridge; "Old Park" which encompassed the former estates of Lemon Hill and Sedgeley; and West Park, the area now comprising the Philadelphia Zoo and the Centennial Exposition grounds. The South Garden predated the establishment of the Park Commission in 1867 and Lemon Hill and Sedgeley were added in 1855–56. After the Civil War, work progressed on acquiring and laying out West Park. In the 1870s, the Fairmount Park Commission expropriated properties along the Wissahickon Creek to extend Fairmount Park proper. The Schuylkill River Trail is a modern addition and was not included in 19th-century acquisitions.GrowthThe park grew out of the Lemon Hill estate of Henry Pratt, whose land was originally owned by Robert Morris, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Purchased by the city in 1844, the estate was dedicated to the public by city council's ordinance on September 15, 1855. A series of state and local legislative acts over the next three years increased the holdings of the city. In 1858, the city held a design competition to relandscape Lemon Hill and Sedgeley for public use as the best way to “protect and improve the purity of the Schuylkill water supply."
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  • The park is one of the largest open parks in the United States and stretches on both sides of the River, interrupted only by amazing statues you find along the way. . With famous rowing club houses wh...  more »
  • Fairmount Park - the largest in Philly. Surrounded with the oldest architectural buildings. It is beloved by the Philadelphians - barbecue, parties, running, bicycling, walking, you name it! 
  • As Philadelphia expanded in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, people of means built summer residences near the banks of the Schuylkill River in what is now Fairmount Park. This was partly for pl...  more »