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Abandoned Fairmount Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 8am to 1pm (Half-Day Tour) / Rain date: Winter 2018

Starting Location: TBA

Fairmount Park is so large that there are several hidden parts almost never seen. Join Bob Thomas for the Alliance’s first exploration of parts of the park awaiting revitalization of their once fine landscapes and historic sites. We’ll travel both on foot and by carpool, learning about the old and potentially new uses of these neglected resources.  This event includes the Parks Alliance’s full “archeologist’s” breakfast for the first 12 participants, but not lunch. Participants are expected to share in the car-pooling expenses. Following the tour, we’ll conclude with an optional lunch near Boat House Row, discussing important past successes in restoring many elements of the Park, and the model they represent for our future enjoyment of now forgotten resources. 

Photo is of the Cliffs Mansion, built in 1753 by merchant Joshua Fisher, burned in 1986 due to neglect, vandalism and arson. 

Meeting place: at Bob Thomas’ for an “archeologist’s” breakfast: Please confirm address when registering.

Terrain and Difficulty: little-used park paths, old roads and back streets.  Moderate difficulty in overgrown areas. Wear good walking shoes, and bring water snacks to eat along the way.

Pre-registration required (limit of the first 12 participants for the breakfast; others will join the group at the first site at about 9:30am).

 

 

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