A new welcome center and play space are slated for revamped FDR Park in South Philadelphia

Yesterday afternoon the Fairmont Parks Conservancy, the City of Philadelphia, and others were on hand to jointly reveal the designs of two major elements, a multitasking welcome center and a children’s play area, both parts of the Gateway Phase of a larger planned overhaul of the 350-acre Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Park in South Philadelphia. Established in 1914 as League Island Park with a design conceived by Boston’s Olmsted Brothers, the Delaware River-abutting urban green space includes a variety of recreational features, including, until recently, a golf course, and acres of wetlands and marshes.

In a statement, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell described FDR Park as

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