Best of Philly

Best Park

2014 BEST Spot for Lawn Games

Clark Park

On sunny Saturdays, this nine-acre West Philly park turns into a scene from Game of Thrones if Game of Thrones were peopled with kids and propped with foam weapons. The game a make–believe battle royale on the grass is called LARP (Live Action Role Playing), but that’s hardly the only amusement you’ll find here: There’s volleyball; there’s frisbee; there’s petanque (like bocce, but French). And if you just want to sit in one spot all day (you lazy bastard), there’s chess beside the Charles Dickens statue. Game on!

43rd Street and Baltimore AvenueWebsite

2014 BEST Overlooked Park

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

8601 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA

The 350-acre freshwater tidal marsh nestled next to, yes, the airport is the only place in the world where you might catch a glimpse of a bald eagle with the Philadelphia skyline in the background. (If you don’t, consider the frogs, deer, muskrats and phenomenal bird-watching consolation prizes.) Read more »

2013 BEST Park

Sister Cities

18th Street and the Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

Water geysers! Green space! A cafe! The boat pond! Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron summed up this new park perfectly when she wrote: The transformation of this tiny shard of land amounts to a small miracle. … Every Philadelphia neighborhood should have a park as good as Sister Cities. Read more »