Located on the east side of Logan Square in downtown Philadelphia, Sister Cities Park is just a stone’s throw from the Academy of Natural Sciences and across the street from the Basilica Cathedral of Peter and Paul. Upon arrival at the Park, visitors are greeted with a spouting fountain that pays tribute to Philadelphia’s 10 Sister Cities. Surrounding the kid-friendly fountain is a landscaped garden featuring native plants to the area and a canopy of shady trees. Out of the 61 trees in the park, 51 were planted during the renovation.
The highlight of the park is the Cafe Pavilion and Visitors Center, which was designed by the local firm, DIGSAU. Starting from the monumental scale of the surrounding skyscrapers, the Pavilion helps transition down to the intimacy of the Children’s Garden. Designed to meet LEED-Gold standards, the Cafe Pavilion features energy efficient design and sustainable materials. A ground source geothermal system provides energy efficient heating and cooling and reduces demand by 31%.