Parks and Recreation

Philadelphia has five planned public parks, one at the intersection of High and Broad Streets in the very center of the city, now occupied by City Hall, and four others surrounding it now called Washington Square, Rittenhouse Square, Logan Square and Franklin Square. Fairmount Park is one of the largest municipal public parks in the world, at over 9,100 acres. All 65 city parks are considered part of Fairmount Park and overseen by the Fairmount Park Commission, but the park proper, which runs north/south through the city occupies half of the area on both banks of the Schuylkill River and Wissahickon Creek.