Parks & Greenspace
The Navy Yard has over 20 acres of parks and a mile of waterfront trail. These open spaces provide opportunities for employees and visitors stretch their legs, expand their minds, and enjoy the outdoors.
The Navy Yard was certified as a Level-1 arboretum in 2018. As one of only six arboretums in Philadelphia, it is especially important that the Navy Yard preserves and expands greenspaces at the Navy Yard. By building upon and sustaining green spaces, the Navy Yard can assure that future generations have a place to appreciate nature in an urban environment, while at the same time developing the Navy Yard to create equitable growth, jobs, and accessibility for decades to come.
The campus is open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset but may change with limited notice.
Central Green is a five-acre park designed by James Corner Field Operations, who designed, among other notable public spaces, Philadelphia’s Race Street Pier and The Highline in New York City. The park offers a progressive mix of recreation, culture, serenity and fitness incorporating features such as a running/social track, hammock grove, bocce courts, fitness station, table tennis, an outdoor meeting table, and a sun lawn.GET DIRECTIONS
Crescent Park, a 2.5-acre park located just beyond the Navy Yard’s front gates, was the first in a series of new parks completed at the Navy Yard. Facing new, glass-walled office buildings, it offers a quiet place for strolling or lunch, and a putting green for those looking to improve their handicap.GET DIRECTIONS
DRY DOCK PARK
At 500 feet long, 90 feet wide, and 25.5 feet deep, Dry Dock 1 at the Navy Yard was not large enough to accommodate modern naval vessels. Made of timber piling, it became obsolete as a workspace and was converted into Dry Dock Park, designed by D.I.R.T. Studio. Dry Dock Park sits at the heart of the Urban Outfitters’ campus and is a great location for lunch and dog watching.GET DIRECTIONS
LEAGUE ISLAND PARK
League Island Park was designed by Wells Appel and KS Engineers. League Island Park’s name references the original island on the Delaware River that was connected to South Philadelphia to create today’s 1,200-acre Navy Yard. The 2.5-acre park includes an innovative stormwater management feature, made possible through a partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department.
League Island Park is also home to the Navy Yard’s first permanent public art project – Alpha Sacred Beings.GET DIRECTIONS
MARINE PARADE GROUNDS
The historic 8-acre Marine Parade Grounds along Broad Street was the birthplace of naval aviation. In 1911, Lt. Alfred Cunningham became the first marine to fly when he constructed a ramp at one end of the grounds and drove a plane successfully up the ramp and into sustained flight. Today, the Marine Parade Grounds are host to weekend charity festivals and 5k races, weeknight recreational sports leagues, the weekly Lunch Truck Lineup food truck event, and much more!GET DIRECTIONS
The Riverfront Greenway is a one-mile path along Admiral Peary Way that overlooks the Delaware River. Designed by Simone Collins, the Greenway is the perfect location for a scenic walk, jog, or bike ride.GET DIRECTIONS
The 340-acre FDR Park is directly adjacent to the Navy Yard. With its beautiful natural resources including fields and lakes, FDR Park is perfect for relaxation and recreation with something for everyone – from fishing, boating, baseball, trails perfect for walking and running, and lawns ideal for picnics with family or friends. FDR PARK WEBSITEGET DIRECTIONS