After a series of site evaluations and assessments of the Interpretive Center after Hurricane Ida, executive director Karen Young shares an update of the status of our Center and our newest exhibition POOL: A Social History of Segregation. Click here to read the full statement.

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Resilience & Humility: Words from the Executive Director

To supporters and friends, both old and new of the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, we greatly appreciate your kind outreach, and encouraging words in the wake of Hurricane Ida, which touched ground on September 1st. Fairmount Water Works was certainly not alone as we experienced drenching rains and historic flooding that struck our region, the […]


FWW Re-Opening Statement (July 1, 2021)

While the Interpretive Center remains closed to the public, our staff is working diligently to fully re-open just in time for our newest exhibit, POOL. Meanwhile, there are lots of things to do on the river and on the grounds with us, including programs for youth summer camps and intimate tours that explore our watershed. Be […]


POOL: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF SEGREGATIONEXHIBITION TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 3RD IN HISTORIC FAIRMOUNT WATER WORKS KELLY POOL

During much of the 20th century, public swimming pools played a vital role in the life of American communities. At one time, thousands of pools served tens of millions of Americans each year. Philadelphia opened the first outdoor municipal pool in the United States in 1883, however, public pools have also been lightning rods over […]



Remembering Ed Grusheski

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear friend, champion, advocate, and the first director of the Fairmount Water Works, Mr. Ed Grusheski. We will forever be indebted to Ed for his vision and quiet, steadfast resolve to not only build the Interpretive Center, but to awaken a public appreciation […]


With “Think Outside the Box” Kits, FWW Expands Watershed Education Curriculum to Hundreds of Philadelphia Students

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Fairmount Water Works is expanding their award-winning Understanding the Urban Watershed Curriculum with more than 800 hundred hands-on, take-home kits cleverly called “Think Outside The Box”. The curriculum focuses on learning about watersheds and the region’s Green Infrastructure. The kits help teachers respond to the need to shift to virtual classrooms from full-time in-person learning due to Covid-19, and inspire […]


An At-Capacity River Days Event by the Fairmount Water Works!

In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, our River Days event (in partnership with the Alliance for Watershed Education, Exploring our Urban Watershed, celebrated the landscape surrounding the Schuylkill River both past and present. Participants discovered how plants that were important to natives for food, medicine and shelter are also important to us today in Green […]



Extreme Weather Preparedness

How Fairmount Water Works Averted Devastation from Tropical Storm Isaias Many are familiar with the phrase climate change, an extreme change in global weather conditions resulting directing from increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, attributed to fossil fuels and other types of pollution. While we have grown accustomed to the term climate change, what […]


Inspiring Water Workshops for Teaching and Learning

Teachers from the School District of Philadelphia and nearby districts are better-equipped for a successful school year thanks to a series of professional development workshops hosted by the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center. The four workshops were linked to our award-winning Understanding the Urban Watershed Curriculum, and were held in partnership with GreenFutures, the School […]