Fairmount Park

Case Study | Community Benefits
Fairmount Park

Fast Facts

  • Fairmount Park is Philadelphia’s largest Park, with 2,055 acres and more than 10 million visitors each year.
  • Between 2016 and 2018 more than 5 million pedestrian and bicycle trips have taken place on the Schuylkill River Trail in Center City.
  • In 2016, 48% of all weekday bicycle trips and 44% of all weekday pedestrian trips on the trail in Center City occurred during commuting hours.
  • Average daily traffic on the trail in 2018 was 4,560 people.
  • More than 1.1 million people in the region receive water from the park. The park also features a 1-acre wetland, which treats a portion of the 70 million gallons of stormwater generated in the watershed each year.

Fairmount Park is one of the first examples of using park infrastructure to serve multiple functions; offering green space, delivering clean water, improving the city’s air, providing transportation options and generating new economic development.

Fairmount Park is the largest municipal park in Philadelphia and consists of two park sections named East Park and West Park, divided by the Schuylkill River. In addition to serving as a critical part of the city’s water system, the park has now become an important piece of transportation infrastructure. A Schuylkill River Trail connects the city to the surrounding suburbs and will eventually become part of a 130-mile trail linking Philadelphia to rural Schuylkill County.


  • Agreement

    Partnership Agreement of Portland Parks & Recreation and The Forest Park Conservancy

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    Key assumptions outlined for how Forest Park Conservancy works cooperatively with city agency to care for a 5,000+ acre park with 70+ miles of trails.

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