Saturday, January 4, 2014

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park (FDR) is in the southern most point of South Philadelphia. It is a park that is made up of 348 acre. According to Wikipedia, the park's layout was designed by the Olmsted Brothers during the early 1900s. Because of the Sesquicentennial Exposition, the park includes a boathouse, gazebo, and the American Swedish Historical Museum. It was previously known as League Island Park, but changed during the 1940's. 

If you like recreational activities...

  • The Friends of FDR park boast about the variety activities and fields they provide on their siteThe park includes
    • 20 tennis courts
    • 8 ball fields
    • rugby field
    • gold course
    • a playground
    • and the FDR Skate Park located under
  • According to, the park challenges skaters of all levels. It is also located under 95, so it blocks the rain or snow.  

If you love going to Philadelphia's sports teams events...

  • The park is right near all three Philadelphia stadiums including the Wells Fargo Center, Citizens Bank Park, and the Lincoln Financial Field.
  • Many people come to FDR park to hang out before games. They also use the park to tailgate and meet up with large groups before the game begins.

 If you enjoy the water...

  • Locally known as "The Lakes," the park contains lagoon, creeks, and lakes. 
  • The lakes within the park are known as Meadow and Edgewood lake. The Friends of the park encourage park goers to take rest, find a good fishing spot, or enjoy the scenic visuals of the lakes. 
  • In addition, these waterways have brought in a variety of bird species for bird watchers to enjoy. 

If you appreciate landmarks...

  • As I mentioned above, FDR park includes historical landmarks such as the Gazebo on Meadow Lake pictured above. 
  • Another point of interest would be the Bellaire Manor that was built sometime between 1714 and 1735. You can click here to find out more about the manor! 

To find out more about the FDR
click here to find out what park goers are thinking!  


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