Philadelphia’s bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics didn’t last long, but any weekend visitor to the city can experience the park and sports venues the mayor thought would bring the world’s sports to the City of Brotherly Love. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Park or FDR Park, (1500 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia PA) known to locals as “The Lakes” is an oasis for sports fanatics, picnickers and nature lovers alike. The unique location means it is habitat to many plants and animals that you won’t find in other parts of Pennsylvania, and the Audubon Society of Philadelphia has named it one of the best places in the city to watch birds. The gazebo is another place for quiet reflection in a beautiful environment.
Of course the Olympic focus wouldn’t have been on bird watching! For a more active enjoyment of the park, pick your sport – they’re all possible here. An internationally famous skateboarding park, green golf courses, great fishing spots, biking trails, rugby fields and tennis courts, and space for both baseball and softball are all available. Professional athletes compete nearby, as well: both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Phillies have stadiums around the corner.
And that’s not all – check out the annual summer concert series. It’s just another entertainment opportunity at one of Philadelphia’s favorite parks.