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April 10, 2016
Fairmount Park is ready for its close-up. Look for it Tuesday in PBS's 10 Parks That Changed America (8 p.m., WHYY12), along with New York's Central Park and the younger, trendy High Line.
NEWS
June 13, 2016
Philadelphia's 10,000-acre Fairmount Park system is one of the largest such municipal spaces in the world. Yet the park's origins do not belong to any botanical benevolence. Unlike Central Park - a deliberate attempt to preserve New York's dwindling green spaces amid urbanization - Fairmount began as a solution to a practical problem: providing Philadelphians with clean water. In his vision of a new type of city marked as much by greenery as geometry, William Penn planted the seeds of five public squares.
NEWS
May 20, 1996 | ANDREA MIHALIK/ DAILY NEWS
Nancy Whalen (above) shows some Philly pride Saturday by helping clean up Ormiston Mansion in Fairmount Park, while Jasmine Green (right, front) and Nikki Bennett give a caring touch-up to the waters of FDR Park in South Philly. Whalen was one of about 650 volunteers who cleaned and painted 46 sites, and who carried away dozens of bags of trash as part of "Philadelphia Cares About Fairmount Park Day. " Green and Bennett were volunteering for the FDR Park cleanup from Overbrook High School.
NEWS
February 11, 2012 | By Mike Newall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police are investigating an early morning robbery and stabbing in the city's Fairmount Park section, just blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A 32-year-old man who lives in the area was walking in the 2700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue at about 4:35 a.m. when a man came up behind him and pressed an object into his back, saying it was a gun, police said. The unidentified suspect forced the victim into a wooded area behind a nearby playground. When the victim turned and faced his attacker, he realized the assailant was actually carrying a knife, authorities said.
NEWS
April 25, 1986 | By Kenneth Finkel
Philadelphia had a problem in the mid-19th century. Dozens of mills and factories along the Schuylkill and the Wissahickon Creek were polluting the water supply. An aqueduct from upstate was proposed, but the economical solution was to purchase and close the offending industries. Land upstream from the Fairmount waterworks was added, parcel by parcel, until a full 13 miles of riverbank were protected. Between 1855 and 1870, the industrial revolution was reversed in the Schuylkill valley.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 1987 | By Don Russell, Special to The Inquirer
Faster than a falling leaf, autumn is upon us. Quick, before the season is swept away, take in the pleasures of Fairmount Park, where autumn is alive and kicking. The park is the city's gem, and in the fall it is a place where even vines climbing a grimy Schuylkill Expressway wall shine with color. There are private hideaways where the sounds of squirrels and swirling brooks screen out the bustle of the metropolis. And there are enough things to do to keep everyone, from the hyperactive to the sublimely somnolent, more than satisfied.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
Ever since Pope Francis' visit shut down Philadelphia streets, a group of cyclists and pedestrians have been clamoring for more car-free days. It appears their wish is going to come true. City officials have confirmed that on Sept. 24 they will temporarily close a swath of the city from South Street to Fairmount Park to vehicular traffic. Clarena Tolson, deputy managing director for infrastructure and transportation, on Tuesday gave residents of the Bella Vista Neighborhood Association a heads-up about plans for the first Philly Free Streets event, according to Mike Dunn, city spokesman.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A black bear was spotted Friday morning in the Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park by a man fishing near the Valley Green Inn. Maura McCarthy, executive director of the Friends of the Wissahickon, said she got a call about 11 a.m. from the fisherman, a member of the Friends group. "He looked downstream and saw a black bear approaching on the same bank he was on," she said. "The bear was fishing. " The bear then swam across the creek and disappeared into the woods. "We're encouraging people to exercise caution," McCarthy said.
NEWS
July 11, 2011 | By PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com
A fallen tree has brought rush hour traffic to a crawl through Fairmount Park. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive is closed in both directions between Sweetbriar and Montgomery Drive while officials work to clear the scene. The tree fell onto the road near its intersection with Montgomery Drive at about 5:40 p.m., police said. Officials encourage drivers to find alternate routes around the area if possible.  
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NEWS
August 7, 2016 | By Alexandra Villarreal, STAFF WRITER
Matt Nathanson can't seem to sit still. Last summer, the singer/songwriter toured with Train and the Fray. After his latest album, Show Me Your Fangs , launched in October, he headed out for an acoustic set. Now, he's at it again, this time with a full band and American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips as a co-headliner. Nathanson recorded his first album in 1993, while he was still in college. His music gained popularity in the mid-2000s, when songs such as "Come on Get Higher," "All We Are," and "I Saw" were featured on NCIS , Big Shots , Scrubs , and other shows.
NEWS
July 31, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
What do artists owe their audience? To play the hits? To give the people what they want, and their money's worth besides? Or is a performer's primary obligation to follow an artistic muse and allow fans to decide whether they want to come along for the ride? I had been flipping Sides A and B of that musical debate around in my mind quite a bit this summer, even before I saw Father John Misty take the argument to extremes last weekend at the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden.
NEWS
July 15, 2016
By Tabatha Abu El-Haj As Philadelphia prepares for the coming protests related to the Democratic National Convention - especially those that will proceed without authorization - it is worth remembering that the city has a long history with unpermitted, disruptive, and controversial marches. On Independence Day in 1795, to take just one example, citizens marched in silence through the city's major thoroughfares protesting the Washington administration's secret Jay Treaty with Great Britain.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
Ever since Pope Francis' visit shut down Philadelphia streets, a group of cyclists and pedestrians have been clamoring for more car-free days. It appears their wish is going to come true. City officials have confirmed that on Sept. 24 they will temporarily close a swath of the city from South Street to Fairmount Park to vehicular traffic. Clarena Tolson, deputy managing director for infrastructure and transportation, on Tuesday gave residents of the Bella Vista Neighborhood Association a heads-up about plans for the first Philly Free Streets event, according to Mike Dunn, city spokesman.
FOOD
July 1, 2016 | By Michael Klein, Staff Writer
We're a mobile society. Now even pop-up beer gardens can move, too. Parks on Tap - a new partnership among Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and Avram Hornik of FCM Hospitality - sends a mobile beer garden from park to park in the city for 14 weeks, starting Wednesday, June 29. The two trucks - one with regional craft beers, wine, and nonalcoholic drinks, and the other with snacks and sandwiches on a menu created by...
NEWS
June 30, 2016 | By Lauren Feiner, Staff Writer
Cheryl Bembery Darden, 69, a former social worker in the Philadelphia court system who devoted her career to helping children, died Thursday, June 9, in her home in Altadena, Calif., from complications of multiple myeloma, according to her family. A Philadelphia native, Ms. Bembery Darden spent her early career with the Common Plea Court Counseling and Referral Unit, working with children. She worked under Grace Nash, who had helped her and her sister find homes as teenagers after their grandmother could no longer care for them, said her sister, Sharon Bembery.
SPORTS
June 27, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
Sean Fenoff didn't feel great when he woke up Saturday morning. He was fatigued and had a stomach ache. Still, Fenoff, 16, was the top male finisher at the TriRock Philadelphia Sprint Triathlon. "You've got to work with what you have," Fenoff said. Elizabeth Edwards, 17, of Kennett Square, was the top female racer. The course, along the Schuylkill near Fairmount Park, featured a half-mile swim, a 15.7-mile bike race, and a 3.1-mile run. Fenoff had a time of 1 hour, 15 minutes, 26 seconds, and Edwards finished in 1:25:18.
NEWS
June 26, 2016 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Staff Writer
A THIRD PERSON has been arrested in the slaying of a 26-year-old woman whose handcuffed body was found last week dumped in Fairmount Park near the Mann Center, police said Friday. Keith Bullock, 32, of Chester, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, and unlawful restraint in the death of Toy Charda Bryant, also of Chester. Bryant's body was found by passersby June 14 in the park along the 5300 block of Georges Hill Drive. She had been stabbed, shot, and handcuffed.
NEWS
June 23, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
The Fairmount Park Conservancy has named Rick Magder as its new executive director. Magder's post leading the nonprofit that raises funds for and preserves more than 10,200 acres of city park land is effective Sept. 1. He succeeds Kathryn Ott Lovell, who is now Philadelphia's Parks and Recreation commissioner. Magder has spent the past 16 years as a leader in the Groundwork movement, a network of organizations created by National Park Service and Environmental Protection Agency to focus on the relationships between urban open space, waterways and community renewal, according to the conservancy.
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