Von Colln Ball Fields, Playground and New Sprayground

Von Colln Ball Fields, Playground and New Sprayground

Thanks to a $2.8 million restoration project Von Colln Field and playground in Fairmount (22nd and Pennsylvania Ave) has been transformed into a more family- and kid-friendly destination.

The park is named after Philadelphia Police Sgt. Frank Von Colln, who was killed in the line of duty in 1970. Here’s he’s son Kurt Von Colln, daughter and grand children.

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell greeting the family

Council President Darrell Clark has known the Von Colln family for years.

I live nearby and have walked by Von Colln park nearly every day. To see this transformation is wonderful. I wish I were a kid again
to enjoy all the modern playground activities, (www.GroundReconsidered.com – 

Under our prior names (LRSLA Studio, Lager Raabe Skafte Landscape Architects, and Lager Raabe Landscape Architects) we’ve done extensive work along the Parkway as the original designers for The Oval in 2013, Aviator Park, the stormwater management improvements along the parkway, and most recently the new Shakespeare Park and Pennypacker Park in front of the Free Library and former Family Court Building and the new plaza to the north of the Franklin Institute.)

and the spray area.



Plus they now have public bathrooms, with doors facing out, and on the lucky days the concession stand will be open and they’ll be selling delicious meatball sandwiches. If you are hungry, across the street is Whole Foods, and a block away is a deli.

There are picnic tables for you to dine at while checking out the beautiful skyline, and keeping an eye on your kids.

Kurt Von Colln presented this plaque to be installed at the playground in honor of his father




Yasss bleachers to watch the games, or bring your friends for a pick up game after school

I hope to some day see people sunning here as the field is a NO DOG zone, like Sheep’s Meadow in NYC, one of the largest sun worshipper areas in Central Park.

Thank you Philadelphia Police Sgt. Frank Von Colln for your service. Check out the new flag pole in Center Field.
KYW Has a great story on the restoration as well HERE