Nearly $3 million renovation to Fairmount park expands kid-friendly activities

Justin Udo
August 07, 2018 - 5:52 pm
Von Colln Field

Justin Udo | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For the last few years, Von Colln Field and playground next to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Fairmount has been under renovation.

Finally, the old park has a new look, thanks to a $2.8 million restoration project that has made the area more family- and kid-friendly.

"It just needed sort of an upgrade and an update, so we gave it sort of a makeover," explained Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell. "It's sort of very innovative. The play equipment is really unique; unlike anything else we have in the system. It has really cool climbing features."

The park is named after Philadelphia Police Sgt. Frank Von Colln, who was killed in the line of duty in 1970.

His son, Kurt Von Colln, said his father would definitely approve of the park's new look.

"My father was a kid person. He loved children — this would just delight him," he gushed. "He would be so happy and proud."

The playground also boasts new bathrooms, lighting, sidewalks, batting cages, electric pitching mounds, swing sets and a sprayground.