It's hard to find a runner in Philadelphia who doesn't run through one of the city's parks on a regular basis. Philadelphia has one of the largest urban park systems in the world! There are over 11,000 acres of parks in the city for it's residents and visitors to enjoy.
Within these parks there are miles of trails, beautiful natural landscapes, historic landmarks, and more to explore. Outdoor lovers don't have to go far for a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of city living.
A few facts about Philadelphia's largest park, Fairmount Park:
- It was the first park in Philadelphia
- It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 7, 1972 along with the adjacent Wissahickon Valley Park
- More than 10 million (yes, MILLION!) people travelled to Fairmount Park in 1876 for the nation's Centennial celebration
- The first zoo in the United States, the Philadelphia Zoo, is located in Fairmount Park
For week 7 of our Summer Challenge, we want to celebrate the parks where we spend miles and miles every year and see what parks you run through. Post a photo of your favorite Philly park on instagram and tag us @phillyrun with #runlocalphl.
We have a bunch of upcoming events running in and around the parks this week, check out our calendar for more information here and read this great post on places to run in Fairmount park from the Fairmount Park Conservancy or explore some of the best under the radar trails from Philadelphia Magazine's Be Well Philly.
Congratulations to the winners of week 6: @susrunsphilly and @adriannaborgia!