FDR Park
GOOD FOR: All Ages
RATING: (3)


Source:Outdoors with Kids Philadelphia (AMC Books)
Address:Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Hours:Dawn to 9 p.m. daily (6 p.m. from November 1 through March 31)
Fee: Free
Contact:

215-683-0200; fdrpark.org
 

Bathrooms: At Ashburn Fields; portable toilets throughout park
Water/Snacks: Water fountain at Ashburn Fields
Map:

Go “down the Lakes” to ride a bike, enjoy a nature walk, or fish in South Philly’s green oasis.

FDR Park
Photo by: Smallbones

The ponds, woods, and marshes of FDR Park (“the Lakes”) in South Philadelphia are unknown to most Philadelphians, who recognize the park only as an alternate parking spot for Eagles and Phillies games. But with a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere and room for kids to safely roam, it’s worth a trip—whether or not you’re attending a game.

The 348-acre park is conveniently located at the end of the Broad Street subway line, next to the mammoth sports complex. Originally named League Island Park, it was designed a century ago by the sons of Frederick Law Olmsted, the architect of New York’s Central Park. In 1926, it was modified for the nation’s Sesquicentennial. The park’s designers transformed tidal marshes at the junction of the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers into a serene landscape that includes 77 acres of natural areas where trails wind around lakes, ponds, and lagoons. Birds are abundant, drawn to the mixed forest, marsh, and shoreline habitat. The park is essentially level, so walking or biking is easy for even the youngest kids. Trails explore the shorelines along the lakes and creek, and older kids will enjoy exploring the watery environments. A paved, strollerfriendly bike path loop, about 1.5 miles long, circles the natural areas of the park, beginning at the park entrance. For fun with a different set of wheels, head to the world-famous skateboarding park in the southern section of the park, under I-95.

For young anglers, Edgewood Lake (the northern of the two lakes) and Meadow Lake are great places to learn the art of fishing. For a nice view of the area, head to the stone gazebo overlooking Meadow Lake. The gazebo is a much-photographed icon of the park. Along the shore, kids will enjoy watching the many ducks that are resident in the lake.

A state-of-the-art playground, including handicap-accessible structures, is near the main entrance, past the tennis courts and baseball fields on the right.

The park is also home to the American Swedish Historical Museum and Bellaire, a Colonial manor house, as well as playing fields and tennis courts. Bike and boat rental facilities are planned for the near future.

Remember: Dogs must be leashed.

Plan B:

The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is a much larger example of the tidal marsh habitat, with 10 miles of walking and biking trails.

Where to Eat Nearby:

The 9th Street Italian Market is open Tuesday through Sunday.



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TRIP COMMENTS

By: Guest
Posted: 07/23/2018 00:29
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Biking down the lake is always fun and I love visiting parks that are open for all ages. I always like to visit the place with my family and my pets. I hope that the park will allow me to take my dog with me.

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By: Guest
Posted: 07/20/2018 08:57

This was definitely such a wonderful place for children. From this post, i came to know more about this FDR Park. This place provides lots of fun elements for kids. Keep share more pictures of this place.bmw auto repair near me

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By: Guest
Posted: 04/19/2018 06:23

This is the first time I am reading an article about FDR Park and related contents. I think the address and other information help people to locate the place easily. Is it really a tourist spot. private washington dc tours

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By: Guest
Posted: 01/23/2018 06:08

It has been great to have writing service reviews about this park. As I have not visited this park yet but I think this is great lace and we must visit it sometime. I will definitely love to go there as park kind of place fascinates me a lot.

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Posted: 12/13/2017 06:55
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Outdoor fun is something which makes the children really happy and they will get to know about a lot of things through such activities. This is one of the best place around the area for doing that. I will surely recommend this to others as well. https://dmwebsolution.com

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By: Guest
Posted: 10/03/2017 08:00

Really glad to know about this FDR park through this article. I think this is one of the best places to enjoy children for their holidays. There are lots of places for spending time and it is one of the best places for family too. I have once gone there and interested in its places.CCCHC free hiv testing

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