Ryan Briggs Ryan Briggs is a staff writer and connoisseur of City Hall intrigue, business dealings, neighborhood gossip and local lore. Ryan has studied, worked and resided in Philadelphia since 2004, covering politics and development issues for Hidden City, Next City and Metropolis, amongst other fine publications.
The Glendinning Rock Garden is located where the ornate, 19th-century Spring Garden pumping station used to be.
At Wynnfield Drive and Belmont Avenue, the manicured landscape is now overgrown.
View of the Strawberry Mansion Bridge from West River Drive, overgrown in modern times.
Site of Greenland mansion, destroyed by arsonists in the 1980s. Now an unpaved parking area.
Greenland bridge tunnel, constructed for the now-defunct Fairmount Park trolleys.
Belmont Avenue and Wynnfield Drive. The staircase exists in both photos but has been overtaken by vegetation.
Wooden bridge near the Japanese tea house.
Banks by the Belmont pumping station, one of Philly's main water-supply intakes. The banks are overgrown, and the structure in the older image is long gone.
In the course of reporting this week's cover story, "The Secret Life of Fairmount Park," we referred to historic maps and images to see how extensively past budget cuts had affected park maintenance. The above gallery shows before and after shots of park locations that have been, in some cases, particularly hard hit by the neglect brought on by budget constraints.
It's a miracle, given 50 percent budget cuts over the last half century, that so much of the park is still intact. But many large sections have been surrendered to weeds and invasive species. Although the park still hosts many elegant buildings, some have been destroyed by time or vandals. The above gallery shows a few prominant examples.
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