FDR Park

Do you ever feel the need to escape the hustle and hassle of Philadelphia? When you do, look no further than historic FDR Park, a green oasis in South Philadelphia. With its beautiful natural resources including fields and lakes, FDR Park is the ideal retreat for all ages and personalities for relaxation and recreation. From fishing to golfing, boating to baseball, this park has it all.

Rest and Relaxation

In addition to sports fields, there are trails perfect for walking and running, convenient fishing spots along Edgewood and Meadow Lakes, and lawns ideal for picnics with family or friends. Pack a picnic and enjoy the free, scenic beauty FDR Park has to offer. Plus, getting here is easy -- there is a subway stop just outside our door at Broad and Pattison.

Friends of FDR Park

A group of civic leaders have joined together to form the Friends of FDR Park in order to keep the park at its best. There are many pending projects and improvements to look for in the coming months and years, including: a new state of the art playground will be installed this year, a new top flight restaurant overlooking the lake, and paddle boat and bike rentals.


Picnic Permit

Media Application

Wedding Ceremony & Photo Permit

Help Support the Park

We want this park to be around for many years to come for everyone to use and enjoy, but we can't do it without your help. Volunteer for Friends of FDR Park or help financially support our work. 

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Donate to Friends of FDR

Activities for Everyone 

As Philadelphia's premier active use park, FDR Park boasts numerous special features and an abundance of recreational sites and sports fields that are open to the public. FDR park includes

Very appropriately, Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field loom on the horizon, providing inspiration for all athletes at FDR Park. 

Interested in having an event at FDR Park?

- Regarding sports, please contact the City of Philadelphia, Michael Grubb, Sports & Athletic Coordinator, at 215-685-1572


- About hosting events in the park, please contact the City of Philadelphia - Special Events Office at 215-685-0060.


FDR Park waters have good fishing health with similar species of fish that populate warm water lakes and ponds with Panfish or sometimes called Sunfish (Bluegills, Perch and Crappies), Largemouth Bass and Carp.  No stockings and formal tests for the purpose of determining the fish population (Meadow and Edgemont Lakes and side lagoons in FDR) have been conducted for years, so there is no official status of the species levels.  The invasive fish Snakeheads continue to be caught in the waters and is a focus of some efforts to reduce or eliminate.  Here is a link to the Snakehead history in PA:


Getting There

Directions to the park can be found here.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park