Sister Cities Park
18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Originally Sister Cities Plaza dedicated in 1976, a complete redesign was unveiled in 2011 to transform the park into a green oasis in the middle of an urban environment, where people of all ages can come to enjoy various activities.
Sister Cities Park was inspired by the Champs- Elysees and has become a major destination for families with children, local school groups, nearby office workers, and visitors to Parkway institutions. Managed and maintained by the Center City District, the Sister Cities Fountain, Pond, and the Children’s Discovery Garden have exceeded all expectations, drawing large groups of families with young children throughout the warm weather months. The garden, with its mountain stream and meandering paths, has remained an attraction in cooler weather.
The park celebrates the city’s commitment to strengthening global economic ties and cultural understanding. The fountain’s 10 geyser-like spouts mark our 10 sister cities, each positioned according to its global relationship to Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s sister cities include Florence, Italy; Tel Aviv, Israel; Torun, Poland; Tianjin, China; Incheon, Korea; Douala, Cameroon; Nizhny Novgorod Russia; Kobe, Japan; Aix-en-Provence, France, and Abruzzo, Italy.
The renovation of Sister Cities Park was undertaken in a partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation, with funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the State Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
For more information on the cafe, features, activities and rentals visit www.ccdparks.org/sister-cities-park.