On May 5, I will be running in my fourth consecutive Broad Street Run. This year I am running in support of the Fairmount Park Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that champions Fairmount Park and 200+ neighborhood parks around the city. They preserve the parks’ natural beauty and enhance community access through infrastructure and programming.
John and I recently experienced firsthand one of the Conservancy’s current efforts when we took a guided run on the Trolley Trail, a new mixed-use trail in West Fairmount Park. It follows the path of the trolley line that from 1896 to 1946 allowed city residents (many of whom did not own cars) to appreciate the park. The competed Trolley Trail will preserve part of the park’s history and ecosystem while providing recreation for runners, hikers, and bikers.
Not only is Fairmount Park a natural and civic gem, it is an essential piece of my personal running history, as the site of my first >5k run, my first half marathon, and everything in between. I am grateful for Fairmount Park and have pledged to raise at least $500 on its behalf by June 1.
I hope that you can join me in supporting the Conservancy in keeping Philadelphia’s parks a beautiful, thriving ecological and community resource.
To learn more about the Conservancy, click visit https://myphillypark.org/