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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  • This park has so many things to do that this review just covers one thing: be sure to go there and take advantage of at least one of the many attractions. There are so many things to do: river trail, ...  more »
  • I spent a day at Fairmont Park watching a regatta on the Schuykill River. This park is terrific- great jogging trails- all overlooking the river. Very pretty. Towards the sound end of the park there i...  more »
  • Upon the recommendation of a Philadelphia local, we decided to come here to stroll by the river and watch the boats rowing up and down the river. We walked along the river and admired the different sc...  more »
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  • I have only visited this park during the Philadelphia Half Marathon two years in a row, but it's large and beautiful with a lot going on. The river makes it particularly interesting!
  • Fairmont Park is beautiful. Great for running especially in fall. Clean, with great scenery and lots of green space.
  • Could have more attractions but it's still a nice place for gatherings and get-away's from the city.
  • I love biking here on the weekends. The divided bike lane makes it easy for bikers like me to bike at a good pace without worrying about traffic.
  • Forbidden Drive in Fairmount Park is the best spot ever and the Valley Green Inn is great for a drink on the front porch and people watching.

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