The Park at South Philadelphia High School is a brand new public park, which encompasses the green space along South Broad Street between Snyder Avenue and Jackson Street that is adjacent to SPHS. After several years of neighborhood advocacy and support from the high school, the School District of Philadelphia has leased the land to the Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation to turn this once rather inaccessible area into a public space available for all to enjoy. The park is open on a trial basis Monday through Friday from ~ 7:00am to 6:30pm, with expanded weekend hours to be announced in the future.
Interesting in getting involved and supporting the park? Neighbors in Lower Moyamensing, East Passyunk Crossing, and surrounding neighborhoods recently established a city-recognized Friends of the Park group and we welcome all who are interested in supporting this wonderful new community space. Fill out the form below to join the Friends of the Park email list.
What Features Does the Park Offer?
The community partnered with local landscape architecture firm SALT Design Studio to develop a park design that has family-friendly features welcoming to people of all ages. The park features benches and a central area where picnic tables have been installed. One of the unique features of the park is an outdoor classroom, which is comprised of logs felled from the London Plane trees onsite that have been repurposed as seating stumps arranged in a circle. In addition to being a great resource for the high school, the space can also be used to host meetings and community gatherings. Additional branches from the trees have been repurposed as climbing logs for children. Connecting all these features together is an asphalt path that winds its way through the park. Additionally, the park will also feature a number of native understory shrubs and flowering trees that will add to the landscaping and help mitigate stormwater runoff.