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Fitler Square
400 S Croskey Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19146
Cross Street: Pine Street
General Information
The beautification of Fitler Park, on Pine Street between 23d and 24th Streets, by a community organization, has checked deterioration of the immediate neighborhood and has contributed to an upswing in the appearance and property value in the area.

Fitler was one of the most successful and best-known business men of his time. He was noted for his keen perceptions and the rapidity and correctness of his decisions. His position in the trade is attested by the fact that he was repeatedly elected president of the American Cordage Manufacturers Association. His relations with his employees were of the most cordial character. It is said that he never had labor troubles in his plant. He was intensely patriotic and at the outbreak of the Civil War threw the whole weight of his influence into the Union cause, and personally outfitted a company from among his employees. He took an active part in the work of projecting and organizing the Centennial Exposition and in 1875-76 was a member of its board of finance. He was also one of the founders of the Philadelphia Art Club.

The membership, working with Philadelphia's Department of Parks and Recreation, underwrites the cost of major park improvements and takes an active role in the planting and preservation activities needed to improve its appearance. Association funds provide for professional care for the trees and grass areas, planting of seasonal flowers, replacing shrubs, installation and care of a sprinkler system, general maintenance, custodial supervision, an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony with gifts for neighborhood children, and an Easter Egg Hunt.

The Association gets its support from membership dues and the proceeds from the annual Spring Fair. If you are not now a member, we urge you to join with us in this worthwhile endeavor.

  • Volunteer:
  • Pickup trees Secure and decorate trees Decorate fountain Prepare Santa and Mrs Santa Make hot cider and cocoa Buy children's gifts Buy and distribute candles
  • Price to visit: Free
  • Additional Information: On most days. Fitler Square is a quiet refuge from the noise and activity of urban life. But several times each year the Square is itself a hub of activity. Highlights include the Easter Egg Hunt, the Spring Fair, the Halloween Party, and the Christmas Tree Lighting, The Square also provides its neighbors with a Farmer's Market that runs from mid-May to early November. The annual Easter Egg Hunt helps the neighborhood greet the Spring with expansive displays of the flowers of the season,refreshments for all, and a tradition that children can enjoy - BYOB (bring your own basket). Children are invited to bring their own baskets to collect candy, colored eggs, and prizes.The Spring Fair includes a white elephant booth, book sale, and plant sale. Outside vendors rent space around the perimeter of the square for a vibrant flea market. There are games, music, and entertainment. There is plenty of food, including hot dogs and a bake sale, as well as yummy vegetarian options. Proceeds from the Spring Fair provide revenue for the maintenance of the park as well as funds for the other annual events such as the Christmas Tree Lighting, Easter Egg Hunt, and Halloween Party.
  • Parking: Street Parking
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