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No More Free Ride at FDR Park for Phillies Parking
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 05/12/12 4:33 am | updated: 05/12/12 4:33 am
Phillies fans who don't mind a bit of a walk have been taking advantage of the ample free parking at FDR Park for decades. However that has all come to an abrupt halt tonight as the Parks and Recreation Department started to actually enforce its 1984 curfew law. Anyone parked in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park after 9pm tonight would have found a nice $41 parking ticket after the Phils' win over the Padres.

FDR Park is located at Broad and Pattison across Broad Street from the Wells Fargo Center. It is part of the greater Fairmount Park system, and features a lagoon, baseball fields, tennis courts, golf course, and a world class skate park as well as the American Swedish Museum.

The curfew law in question dates to a 1984 Parks and Recreations document (Regulations for the Government of Parks Under the Control of the commissioners of Fairmount Park Philadelphia). Here's the related section:


The Commission may establish from time to time, hours of operation for parks and park areas under it jurisdiction. No person shall be permitted to enter or remain in any park or park area beyond the hours of operation established by the Commission.

A 1:00 A.M. curfew prevails throughout the Park, EXCEPT that the Commission has established a 6:00 P.M. curfew in Bartram's Park and Garden, Burholme Park, Fluehr Park and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, to remain in effect indefinitely, which will automatically revert to 9:00 P.M. on April 1st of each year and return to 6:00 P.M. on November 1st of each year.


If you've used the park regularly you may have noticed that sometimes they do staff it and charge, but that's only if there will be more than 50,000 people at the stadium complex. A typical Phillies sellout is 46,000, but Eagles games are always more. It doesn't make sense for them staff the park for less people than that. The Parks Dept would lose money on each Phillies game, unless something else was going on. (although tonight there was also a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert)

Why are they now deciding to close the gates and hand out tickets?
You could still park there, just have the be out by 9 pm, talk about Cinderella and leaving the ball.
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