Yes those are lily pads on the lake, currently in bloom!
And there is open space to picnic and some benches, as well.
Here is up to date info on picnicking via Philadelphia Parks & Recreation: https://www.phila.gov/services/permits-violations-licenses/apply-for-a-permit/use-a-philadelphia-parks-recreation-space/get-a-picnic-permit/
Poke weed is edible when it first sprouts.
Lots of birds right in that area
In the late 70’s early 80’s when I was a student at PAFA it was drilled into my head that Fairmount Park was not a safe place to go. It looks safe now, I’m sorry I missed so much of Philadelphias offerings!
I am there in the morning often looking for birds, always see bikers, walkers, dog walkers, folks fishing, even skating, I have never had a problem. It's a beautiful place.
red tailed hawks, chipmunks, chickadee, flycatcher, green heron, great blue heron, turtles, frogs, bass fish, etc, so many animals
Agreed, Gina! You can find a whole list of native plants and wildlife that you can find at Concourse Lake here: http://www.concourselake.org/
Why is Smith in an apron?
In FDR Park!
Is the arch granite?
Sorry, I mean Pennsylvania granite…
Melissa, I have seen lots of other birds not on the list, and have a few pix like yesterday a red tailed hawk, do I send to the info email address my list of birds that aren't on the website?
That would be great, Gina! Please email email@example.com.
Will do, I will send pix too!
Ana, there is parking at Concourse Lake. And there is street parking near Smith Memorial Arch.
Also here is a digital guide! https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/ad9967fa74c346bf8efbe12f1ed27710
Thank you this was so fun!