Through Pew’s civic initiatives, we partner with local institutions on projects that will improve Philadelphia’s economic prospects and quality of life, placing emphasis on preserving and highlighting the city’s unique history and civic treasures.

Pew’s funding for major projects has included the revitalization of Independence Mall; enhancements to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a major cultural corridor; the creation and extension of the Schuylkill River Trail and boardwalk system, which offers over 30 miles of outdoor recreational paths; support for a variety of museums and other attractions; and helping to establish Visit Philadelphia as one of our many efforts to help build the region’s tourist economy.

A Look at Some of Pew’s Civic Initiatives in Philadelphia 

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Discovery Center Makes Wildlife Sanctuary in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park Accessible to the Community

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Discovery Center Makes Wildlife Sanctuary in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park Accessible to the Community

Since opening its doors Sept. 28, 2018, The Discovery Center in Philadelphia’s East Fairmount Park has welcomed thousands of visitors to its mix of natural surroundings and classroom space. The center has restored access to an important wildlife area within the city and created opportunities for Philadelphians to explore the environment.