Philadelphia’s First Elevated Public Park Now Open At Cira Centre South

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Check out the incredible skyline views in store for visitors to the just-opened Cira Green at Cira Centre South.
(Photo courtesy Brandywine Realty Trust)

Philadelphia, a new park in University City just raised the bar for urban open spaces in this city.

Now open at Cira Centre South, the brand-new Cira Green claims the title of Philadelphia’s first overhead public park.

Situated 95 feet above street level, this 1.25-acre urban park sits atop a parking garage in between Evo, a 33-story residential building, and the FMC Tower, a 47-story mixed-use building where the new AKA University City will open in summer 2016.

With its sky-high location, Cira Green not only makes for a great spot to catch a breeze, it also affords its visitors pretty incredible views of Philadelphia’s ever-evolving skyline in multiple directions.

More than merely a space for recreation, though, the park has a built-in “blue roof” stormwater management system and “green roof” trees, shrubs and grasses, alleviating some of the environmental impact of the Cira campus.

The general public can access the new park from 30th Street between Chestnut and Walnut streets via an elevator to the top floor of the garage, and the space is open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (6 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the summer).

See below for more of the amazing views from Philadelphia’s first park with a bird’s-eye view.


Cira Green at Cira Centre South

When: Open daily, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. (6 a.m.-10 p.m. in summer)
Where: Cira Centre South garage roof, 30th Street between Chestnut and Walnut streets
Cost: Free

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The view looking southeast towards Center City from the new Cira Green. (Photo courtesy Brandywine Realty Trust)
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View looking south at the site of the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South. (Photo courtesy Brandywine Realty Trust)
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View looking east over the green lawn and paved walkways of the new elevated park. (Photo courtesy Brandywine Realty Trust)
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View looking east to Center City. (Photo courtesy Brandywine Realty Trust)

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