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Mobile beer gardens raise funds for conservation


A rendering of the Schuylkill Banks Parks on Tap location

A rendering of the Schuylkill Banks Parks on Tap location

Parks on Tap

Who would have thought that when the city loosened its liquor regulations in 2012, it would promote family friendly parties and some much-needed revenue for the parks system?

Over a dozen parks this year will raise money for Parks and Recreation and Fairmount Park Conservancy through all-ages events inspired by the big, successful pop-ups at The Oval on the parkway. But Parks on Tap, which began in late June at Schuylkill Banks and will end in early October at Lemon Hill, will be more low-key.

“Parks on Tap is meant to be much more intimate—smaller,” said Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell. Plenty of nonalcoholic drinks will be available at each location.

Amenities will be managed by Avram Hornik of FCM Hospitality, who is admired by park officials for having safely and successfully conducted beer gardens since the city has allowed them.

“Avram has been an innovator in this area,” said Ott Lovell, “and he really invented the beer garden in Philadelphia.”

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