Centennial District

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Memorial Hall in West Fairmount Park.

Centennial District

In 2005, The Fairmount Park Conservancy funded the creation of the Centennial District Master Plan through the generous support of the William Penn Foundation and the Lenfest Foundation.

  • In 1876, a massive international exhibition, hosting nearly 10 million visitors, was staged in the newly formed Fairmount Park in honor of the 100th birthday of the United States.
  • The Centennial District Master Plan envisions the transformation and revitalization of the area from the Please Touch Museum to the Philadelphia Zoo to the Mann Center for Performing Arts including proposals for land use, transportation, signage and community development.
  • The Master Plan also examines the connections of the Centennial District to the surrounding neighborhoods and to the larger city and region beyond.
  • The 20-year plan has a scheduled end-date of 2026 which is targeted to coincide with the 250th anniversary of American Independence.
  • In 2008, the William Penn Foundation awarded the Conservancy a one-year grant for an organizational plan for a new nonprofit organization to lead and manage the development of the Centennial District and for a system of directional signage that will promote and identify the District. 


 To view the the Centennial District executive summary please click here.