I’m sure plenty of you reading this have run a bazillion races in your lifetime, but how many of you have ever gotten to run alongside Olympic runners? Well, come August 30th, you’ll have the chance to do just that at the inaugural Belmont Plateau Hall of Fame Classic.
In 2013, the Post Brothers bought the prestigious Presidential City and are underway with a $100 million renovation of the highly visible complex on the edge of Fairmount Park and the drives. Last week they held a party to celebrate the first of the four buildings renovated, which already has tenants moved in. The Presidential was built in the 1950s, and maintained that style of living all the way down to the window air conditioning units that dotted the building’s exterior. Since the renovation, the Post Brothers installed central air in the units, expanded some of the windows to create a floor-to-ceiling effect, replaced the wiring, upgraded the piping and completely gutted each unit, installing top-of-the-line appliances. The Presidential offers studios to two-bedroom penthouses with wrap-around views of Fairmount Park, soaking tubs and showers. There are plenty of amenities that make the Presidential apartments very attractive as a new home, including the Sora Pool Club with its pool, saunas, massage rooms and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
We’re trying our hardest to forget all about this long, cold, dreary winter. (Yes, yes, despite all the snow predicted for tomorrow.) So we’re thrilled when we get to post things that get us amped for springtime, sunshine and warmer weather.
Today, it’s this bit of news: The Fairmount Park Conservancy is bringing back its popular guided trail-running series this spring — the series has been on a winter hiatus since late fall — with six upcoming runs now on the roster beginning March 14th. Read more »
The snow may be on its way out, but Don Harrison, the man responsible for that stunning Shiva the Ice Queen sculpture in Fairmount Park last week, has found enough ice to complete another gorgeous sculpture at the Swann Fountain in Logan Square. This time he’s carved out Greek god Poseidon, riding on a wave and carrying his three-prong spear—the whole nine yards. Here are some snapshots he shared on his Facebook page:
Imagine taking a snowy morning walk through Fairmount Park and suddenly encountering what appears to be a life-sized queen made of ice under a bridge.
I’m not sure if I’d run and scream or watch it in awe, but one Instagrammer, @moiety12, captured the mysterious piece of frozen art via a fabulous picture:
And the holiday runs just keep on comin’, folks: December 6th, Fairmount Park Conservancy is hosting the first-ever jingle jog, an 8.2-mile run through Fairmount park, with pit stops at a slew of the park’s historic houses, including Strawberry Mansion, Woodford Mansion and more. Pretty neat, huh?
For the fourth year in a row, the Fairmount Park Holiday Gingerbread House Display is ringing in the holiday season with gingerbread abodes. Local chefs have handcrafted 11 beautiful gingerbread mansions representing historic locations from all over the area. James Rodebaugh of Brûlée Catering, Chef Peter Scarola of R2L, and Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality all contributed works. The display is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday noon-6 p.m., until November 21st at the Shops at Liberty Place.
The display (shown in the slideshow above) is a preview of the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park Holiday Tours. Visit six mansions from the 18th and 19th centuries all decked out for the holidays in grand style starting Wednesday, December 3rd. Admission to each house is $5 per person. Guided trolley tours and group tours are also available. For more information, click here.
How often can you say your morning workout took place at Joe Frazier’s old training spot? Probably not very often, right? Well, here’s your chance: The Boxers’ Trail Run, a 5K along Boxers’ Trail in Fairmount Park, is coming up September 13th, and you are invited.
The Fairmount Park Conservancy just launched a new trail running series to showcase often overlooked—but gorgeous—running trails in West Fairmount Park.
“Our intention is to expose runners to these incredible trails because they are SO much fun to run on and also to ease some congestion on the Kelly Drive trail, which seems to get more crowded every week,” wrote Conservancy’s Sara Hirschler in an email.