Sit, relax and enjoy the picturesque views at Sister Cities Plaza. Here, embedded in bluestone, is Sister Cities fountain, a unique representation of the world with Philadelphia at its center. Jets of water playfully leap from 10 spouts, representing our sister cities, globally positioned in relation to their distance from Philadelphia.
This park celebrates Philadelphia's commitment to strengthening global economic ties and cultural understanding. The Sister Cities program links Philadelphia to the world by creating special relationships with the 11 Sister Cities in 10 countries. To learn more about Philadelphia's Sister Cities, visit our park history page.
In October, the fountain at Dilworth Park is turned off for the season to begin installation of the Rothman Institute Ice Rink. The fountain and subsurface reservoir and pumps are drained to prevent freezing and will remain dormant until spring.
The Center City District follows industry-recommended, best practices for proactive water-safety management of the fountains in John F. Collins Park, 1707 Chestnut Street; Sister Cities Park, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway; and Dilworth Park at City Hall.
Using an authorized testing kit recommended by water treatment experts Klenzoid, Inc. of Conshohocken, CCD staff test the water in all fountains and water features twice a day in each park to insure there are no health or safety problems. In addition, Klenzoid, Inc. visits each park once a week and independently takes samples of the water and sends them to a certified laboratory. The operating systems for each fountain mechanically control the level of chlorination and can be easily and immediately modified if any deficiencies are found in water quality.
Please note that since the fountain water is chlorinated it may not be safe for pets.
SISTER CITIES PLAZA & FOUNTAIN
Sister Cities Park
18th St & the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Operates Seasonally May – October