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.

Adoption Program

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 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 planter, engraved with a personalized inscription for a period of ten years. 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 planter, contact Kristine Kennedy at 215.440.5529 or or download the adoption form today!

Collins Park Adoptable Item Options

collins park adoptable item options

To learn more about how you can support this CCDF project, please contact:

Kristine Kennedy
Director of Development