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Main Title City in a park : a history of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system /
Author McClelland, James,
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Miller, Lynn H.
Publisher Temple University Press,
Year Published 2016
OCLC Number 903675342
ISBN 9781439912089; 1439912084
Subjects Fairmount Park (Philadelphia, Pa)--History ; Urban parks--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--History ; Philadelphia (Pa)--Buildings, structures, etc ; Philadelphia (Pa)--Social life and customs ; Parks--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--Management--History ; HISTORY--United States--State & Local--Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA) ; NATURE--Environmental Conservation & Protection ; Manners and customs ; Parks--Management ; Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--Fairmount Park
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJAM  F158.65.F2M33 2015 Region 3 Library/Philadelphia, PA 11/30/2015
Collation xiv, 375 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-361) and index.
Contents Notes
"Fairmount Park is the municipal park system of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It consists of more than one hundred parks, squares, and green spaces totaling about 11,000 acres, and is one of the largest landscaped urban park systems in the world. In City in a Park, James McClelland and Lynn Miller provide an affectionate and comprehensive history of this 200-year-old network of parks. Originated in the nineteenth century as a civic effort to provide a clean water supply to Philadelphia, Fairmount Park also furnished public pleasure grounds for boat races and hiking, among other activities. Millions travel to the city to view its eighteenth-century villas, attend boat races on the Schuylkill River, hike the Wissahickon Creek, visit the Philadelphia Zoo, hear concerts in summer, stroll the city's historic squares and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and enjoy its enormous collection of public art. Green initiatives flower today; Philadelphia lives amidst its parks. Filled with nearly 150 gorgeous full-color photographs, City in a Park chronicles the continuing efforts to create what founder William Penn desired: a 'greene countrie town'"-- Introduction: Philadelphia and Its Parks -- In the Beginning, Clean Water -- A Park Grows from Fairmount -- The Nineteenth-Century Park in a Booming Industrial City -- The Post-Civil War Period and the Centennial Exposition -- The Country Houses of Fairmount Park -- Historic Structures in Philadelphia's Parks -- Boating and Playing in the Park -- Rest and Recreation : Eat, Walk, Hike, Run, and Cycle -- The Philadelphia Zoo -- Performing Arts in the Parks -- Penn's Five Public Squares -- The Benjamin Franklin Parkway -- Parks and Transportation, an Evolving History -- Public Art in Philadelphia -- Fairmount Park : the Outdoor Museum -- The Parks' New Governance System -- The Greener City -- The City in a Park.