In the 1970s, Philadelphia philanthropist Dorothy (Mrs. F. Otto) Haas proposed the park and the William Penn Foundation funded its construction. Designed principally by John Collins (1936-2011) of the Delta Group, the original park was dedicated on June 5, 1979.
For 20 years, the park was owned and maintained by the PenJerDel Regional Foundation until January 2010, when it was transferred to the Center City District Foundation. Through the generosity of the William Penn Foundation, the Center City District has restored the park’s fountain, benches, landscaping and lighting.
John F. Collins Park is a small quiet oasis in the heart of Center City’s business and retail district. The park’s handsome fountain, wood benches, native landscaping and lighting create a retreat-like atmosphere for workers, residents, and visitors seeking a peaceful setting amid a bustling downtown.
Searching for a unique gift for someone special, a one-of-a-kind way to recognize a friend, or a way to memorialize a loved one? Consider adopting a park bench or planter!
The Center City District’s adoption program provides the unique opportunity for recognition in John F. Collins Park. Donors are acknowledged by a bronze plaque on the selected bench or planter, engraved with a personalized inscription. Funds from donations help endow maintenance and landscaping in Collins Park.
Interested in adopting an item? Availability is limited, so don’t miss out on this special opportunity. To adopt a bench or planter, contact Katie Andrews at 215.440.5529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or download the adoption form today!