March 19th, 2018
FDR Park’s Return to an Urban Oasis: WRT Selected to Create New Master Plan

WRT has been selected by Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to create a new master plan for FDR Park, a sprawling 350-acre park in South Philadelphia that is home to a man-made lake, a golf course, the American Swedish Historical Museum, and a range of recreation facilities including tennis courts, ball fields, and a skate park. WRT was selected for the our collaborative approach to design from among 15 firms that responded to Fairmount Park Conservancy’s Request for Proposals.

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FDR is Philadelphia’s only estuary park, meaning the waterways are tidal and exchange salt water with the ocean. Originally designed by the Olmsted Brothers and opened in 1921, FDR’s popularity and years of heavy use have taken a toll on its infrastructure and environmental integrity. 

"FDR Park has long deserved a detailed attention and careful design and programming consideration for its diverse user groups,” said WRT Principal, Keiko Tsuruta Cramer. “The WRT team is thrilled to work with Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the local community and stakeholders, to restore the original vision of FDR Park as an urban oasis in South Philadelphia." 

The plan will incorporate significant community input over the the next 9-12 months. Residents of South Philadelphia and regular FDR Park users are encouraged to participate in the master planning process. To register for updates and notice of community meetings and other opportunities to get involved, visit: https://myphillypark.org/what-we-do/capital-projects/.