Maura McCarthy, CEO of Fairmount Park Conservancy and Allison Schapker, Chief Projects Officer discussed the non-profit Conservancy’s work with the City of Philadelphia to restore and improve thousands of acres of public lands, activates parks, and engages the public with the parks. They work with the City and its communities to steward our parks, nurture our shared environment, cultivate cultural resources, and improve public health with high-quality and equitable parks for everyone. They discussed the ecological, economic, historic, social, cultural and public health value to the community. Through partnerships with the local communities and neighborhoods they work to provide intentional and equitable park investments to welcome people to public spaces where they historically have not been welcome. They note diversity, equity and inclusion are the foundations of a healthy park system.
Fairmount Park Conservancy fosters community connections and leads engagement that continues to build the resources necessary as we lead the transformation of key geographies within our park system.
The Conservancy’s placemaking projects are currently focused in East and West Fairmount Park, Cobbs Creek Park, and FDR Park but our focus on community, convening, and engagement work is city-wide. They discussed upcoming projects including completion of the FDR Park Anna C. Verna Playground and Welcome Center, the Trolley Trail opening and the Boathouse Row Relighting in early winter. They also host bike rides, tours of the historic homes on their properties, yoga and organized walking tours.
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