Covering 650 acres that border the eastern edge of the Schuylkill River, East Fairmount Park is home to the famous Schuylkill River Trail and its Boathouse Row, the Philadelphia Art Museum, Smith Memorial Playground, and several historic houses. Join staff from the Fairmount Park Conservancy for a bike tour of East Fairmount Park highlighting the interplay of history, nature, arts and culture, and community, with a focus on the establishment of Philadelphia’s largest park, its evolution to today, and management and programming efforts led by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and other partners.
Tour participants will visit Lemon Hill Mansion (the birthplace of Fairmount Park), learn to play disc golf at Sedgley Woods, visit the famous wooden slide at the Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse (a treasured destination for families for more than 100 years), and birdwatch while experiencing stunning reservoir views at the Discovery Center. Additional stops will include Boathouse Row, historic Hatfield House (a historic house that has found new purpose as a community-serving hub of arts and cultural programming), the Boxers’ Trail, Woodford Mansion (a National Historic Landmark built in 1756 with an impressive collection of antiques and a community-serving orchard and food forest), The Dell Music Center, and more East Park gems!
Public Programs Coordinator, Fairmount Park Conservancy