Franklin Square - Philadelphia, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
N 39° 57.298 W 075° 08.990
18S E 487201 N 4422769
Quick Description: Franklin Square (7.3 Acres) is one of the original five squares laid out by William Penn and his surveyor Thomas Holme in the plan for the city of Phila. in 1682. Today, it has been refurbished and is a wonderful place to play, relax and learn.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 7/25/2008 10:41:33 AM
Waymark Code: WM49DZ
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 32

Long Description:
First designated as northeast square, it was renamed Franklin Square in 1825 in honor of Benjamin Franklin, a foremost American public servant, inventor and patron of the arts.

During the American Revolution, Franklin Square served as a burial ground, a horse and cattle market and an ammunition storage site. It has remained as open space public parkland since 1815 as have three of the other original squares - Logan, Rittenhouse & Washington. Center Square, at Broad and Market Streets is now the site of Philadelphia Landmark City Hall.

The park was refurbished and rededicated in July 2006, Franklin’s tercentenary year, by Once Upon A Nation and Fairmount Park. Complete with the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel, Philly Miniature Golf, new playgrounds and a restored 19th-century fountain, Franklin Square is now touted as an entertainment destination near Independence National Historical Park.
We played on the playground and rode the carousel. We did not have time for miniature golf. As you first enter (at the posted coordinates), look forward and to the right and there will be a sculpture made from sand. It changes from time to time but there is usually something there in the summer months. We also ate lunch here under a miniature pavilion with picnic tables and everything else you could need. Outstanding restrooms are here as well.

Franklin Square
200 N. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Street address:
Race and 6th Sts.
Philadelphia, PA USA

County / Borough / Parish: Philadelphia County

Year listed: 1981

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event

Periods of significance: 1650-1699, 1800-1824

Historic function: Landscape

Current function: Landscape

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Privately owned?: Not Listed

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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