Gorgas Park, occupying a 20 acre rolling expanse of land along Ridge Avenue, is Roxborough’s Central Park. Dedicated on the 4th of July in 1893 by the city of Philadelphia, Gorgas Park was a wonderful community asset in its first decades of existence- featuring a one-of-a kind Parkhouse, a wooden Gazebo and a lovely Victorian Fountain. After World War 2, Gorgas Park went into a steep decline over the next 50 years. Severely neglected, it became a neighborhood liability with its unsightly trash and poorly-tended grounds.
In 1997, Friends of Gorgas Park (FOGP) was established by a group of neighborhood volunteers dedicated to the restoration of the park. They succeeded beyond expectations. Today, Gorgas Park is the center of all things Roxborough, visibly engaging the community through concerts, movies, festivals, community cleanups and greening activities. It’s highly visible pollinator gardens have been awarded prestigious Blue Ribbon Awards by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for 4 straight years. It’s fun children’s area, expanded 2 years ago, is a popular destination for families near and far.