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Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

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Fairmount Park is the largest municipal park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the historic name for a group of parks located throughout the city. Fairmount Park consists of two park sections named East Park and West Park, divided by the Schuylkill River, with the two sections together totalling. Management of Fairmount Park and the entire citywide park system is overseen by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, a city department created in 2010 from the merger of the Fairmount Park Commission and the Department of Recreation.Many other city parks had also been historically included in the Fairmount Park system prior to 2010, including Wissahickon Valley Park in Northwest Philadelphia, Pennypack Park in Northeast Philadelphia, Cobbs Creek Park in West Philadelphia, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park in South Philadelphia and 58 additional parks, parkways, plazas, squares and public golf courses spread throughout the city. Since the 2010 merger, however, the term "Fairmount Park system" is no longer used by the Parks & Recreation department, and the adjacent Wissahickon Valley Park and all other park areas are considered completely separate entities.
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  • We spent a few hours walking around the parks, both east and west, with a car to get us from one point to another as this park is HUGE. We stopped to view cherry blossoms and other blossoming trees, c...  more »
  • Fairmount Park is the largest urban park in the world, so it has plenty of space on both sides of the Schuylkill River, as well as great scenery, including views of the river. Many sites, including th...  more »
  • President John Adams (1735-1826) described Mount Pleasant, high on a hill in Fairmount Park overlooking the Delaware River, as the most elegant seat in Pennsylvania. As it was intended to do, the Geor...  more »
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  • Best place in Philadelphia. Back of Museum of art. Lemon Hill has hoops, playground, BBQ, tables, great place to take your dog. Always good people around. Gazebo over waterfall is beautiful!
  • This park is huge & can be accessed from [almost] any part of the city. Great as parks go
  • Great place for a hike and a picnic. Good skyline view. The trees are great during spring.
  • “Lots to do!” They have peddle boats that most places don't have. It is a lot of fun go have a pick nick and enjoy the water.
  • Interesting architecture, and a gret place to get a sense of how Flagstaff's upper crust lived a century ago.