Parks on Tap is back for its fifth season of supporting Philadelphia’s parks. The travelling outdoor beer garden that gives back will adapt to social distancing rules for the new season by implementing a stationary beer garden in several fixed locations. The first summer-long location will open on Friday, June 12th outside on the grounds of the Fairmount Horticulture Center Arboretum (100 N. Horticultural Drive). It will feature fresh food, beers on tap, wine and non-alcoholic beverages set in an outdoor environment with comfortable chairs and clean restrooms. During the global pandemic, the program will be more important than ever as residents look for hyper-local outdoor options with ample room for social distancing. In order to keep patrons and employees safe, look for a number of new safety measures that will also include additional cleaning measures, ability for contact tracing, and other measures as prescribed by the City of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania. Parks on Tap is family (and fido) friendly. Season hours for Parks on Tap at the Fairmount Horticulture Center will be Monday to Friday, from 4:00pm to 10:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 10:00pm. A free membership is required. Food and drink are pay-as-you-go. Seating is first come, first served. For more information on the Parks on Tap safety plan and directions, please visit

For 2020, FCM Hospitality first wants to acknowledge and share the City of Philadelphia’s Safer at Home strategy, and for those who do venture outside, FCM announces the return of one of Philadelphia’s most beloved summer traditions.

Parks on Tap is back for 2020 starting this Friday with a summer-long pop-up location outside Fairmount Horticulture Center (100 N. Horticultural Drive). The Horticulture Center is a modern exhibition hall and greenhouse, located in beautiful West Fairmount Park. The Center is home to many interesting pieces of art, including fountains and sculpture displayed throughout the grounds to accent the plants. In the outdoor display, Gambol II by Robert David Lasus can be seen behind the Cherry Allée and from Belmont Avenue. The Center was built in 1979 and sits on the site of the former Horticultural Hall and 1876 Centennial Exposition building.

The set-up for the beer garden outside the Horticulture Center will be self-contained within roped boundaries, providing its own power, bathrooms, food and drink trucks, seating, shade and lights – all without use or dependency of existing park facilities. This means more money can be raised and make a direct impact on park improvements and future programming.

For food and drink, patrons can look to FCM Hospitality to provide a variety of local craft beers, wine and cocktails, as well as non-alcoholic beverages such as water, soda and iced tea. A full food menu is available for purchase that highlights items made from locally sourced items and snacks. The food menu will include bread and pastries from award-winning and nationally recognized affiliate partner Lost Bread Co. The beer menu will include Mainstay Independent Brewing Company’s Love Your Park Pale Ale. All credit cards and cash are accepted for food and drink. Credit cards are preferred. The opening food and drink menu is as follows:

Warm Soft Pretzel- Sweet and Spicy Mustard (V) $5
-add Pimento Cheese $2 (VG)
Deviled Eggs- (VG) $6
Sour Cream and Onion Dip- Kettle Cooked Potato Chips (VG, GF) $7
White Bean Hummus- Chimichurri, Pita (V) $7
Chopped Salad-  Rotating selection of Local Greens and Veggies, Yogurt Ranch (VG, GF) $8

“The Dutchy” Hoagie-  Lebanon Bologna, Country Ham, Horseradish Cheddar, Spicy Mustard,  Lettuce, Pickled Onion $11
Pulled Pork- Coleslaw, BBQ sauce, B&B pickles, Seeded Milk Bun $11
Brisket Cheesesteak- Fried Onion, Cheese Sauce, Baguette $13
Smoked  Mushrooms- Vegan Cheese Sauce, Caramelized Onion, Baguette $12 (V)
Jerk Chicken Salad- Jalapeno, Scallion, Seeded Milk Bun  $11
Kid’s Hot Dog- Martins Bun, Potato Chips $5

Coleslaw (VG, GF) $4

Pickles (V, GF) $4
Cornbread- BBQ Butter (VG) $4
Kettle Cooked Potato Chips (V, GF) $2
Seasonal Fruit Salad (V) $4

Drink Menu
Draft or Cans depending on safety and location

Non-alcoholic Beverages:
Iced Tea
Cucumber Mint Water

Mainstay Independent Poplar Pils $5
Mainstay Independent Seasonal $7
Mainstay Parks Pale Ale $7
2SP ‘Up & Out’ IPA $7

Sly Fox ‘SRT’ Pale Ale $7
Dogfish Head Seasonal MP
Evil Genius #adulting Guava IPA $7

Mainstay Independent seasonal $5
2SP Baby Bob Stout $6
Golden Road Melon Cart $6
21st Amendment El Sully $6
Flying Dog Numero Uno Cerveza $6
Workhorse Brewing Seasonal MP
Sixpoint Crisp $6

For seating, Parks on Tap does not offer reservations. All seating is first come, first serve. If the beer garden is at capacity during the time guests come to visit, a wait list will be established and guests will be encouraged to explore the park until they receive a text message that it’s their turn.

Due to the global pandemic, Parks on Tap will be extensively following state regulations in regards as the best way to safely operate and will be adjusting (if necessary) to the city guidelines once they are released. Social distancing markers will be measured out and posted throughout the garden and its outside fencing area as reminders for guests. Guests free seasonal membership also allows for contact tracing if a local outbreak occurs. Sanitizing spray and/or wipes will be accessible to guests, so they are able to wipe down chairs and tables. Staff and guests in the beer garden area must always wear a mask, except when seated.  Staff will be subject to temperature checks prior to the start of all shifts to assure they are safely able to work. Additional cleaning standards will be implemented prior to opening, after closing and throughout the day by staff.

Parks on Tap is family and fido friendly. The beer garden is 21+ to enter. Children, families, and anyone under 21 are welcome to participate if they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who has legal identification. Alcoholic beverages must stay within the beer garden’s fenced area. This is required for full compliance with PLCB code. All patrons must sign-up for a free seasonal membership to enter. This is free membership is available at the host table or by visiting in advance. Well-behaved dogs are welcome and must always be on a leash.

Season hours for Parks on Tap at the Fairmount Horticulture Center Arboretum will be Monday to Friday, from 4:00pm to 10:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 10:00pm. Please note that hours and days of operation may change due to weather and special events. Please visit @parksontap on Instagram and Facebook for regular updates.

Parks on Tap kicked off in 2016 to engage the Philadelphia community and give back to the neighborhood parks. A portion of all proceeds every year are donated to help restore and maintain Philly’s parks. Thanks to Parks on Tap’s past donations, improvements have including trail work and maintenance, tree plantings, new signage, free music and movie programs, and more.

Parks on Tap is located inside some of Philadelphia’s best outdoor locations. Each park is accessible via public transportation, car or ride sharing app. If driving, guests are strongly encouraged to not leave any valuables in their vehicles. Bikes are not permitted inside the beer garden. Limited bike parking is available, but patrons should bring their own lock.  Organizing partners encourage everyone to explore new park spaces during their day with Parks on Tap.

For more information about Parks on Tap, visit

For more information about FCM Hospitality, visit

FCM Hospitality is a Philadelphia-based hospitality and entertainment company, managing bars, restaurants and seasonal pop-ups throughout the region. The company is owned by Avram Hornik, a leader with more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, who has developed some the city’s most popular permanent and temporary venues such as Morgan’s Pier, Concourse Dance Bar, Union Transfer, Boot & Saddle, Winterfest, and the 2013 PHS Pop-up Garden. For more information about FCM Hospitality, visit or call 215.568.1616.
Photo by Albert Yee for Fairmount Park Conservancy

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