Ryan Briggs Ryan Briggs is a staff writer and connoisseur of City Hall intrigue, business dealings, neighborhood gossip and local lore. Ryan has studied, worked and resided in Philadelphia since 2004, covering politics and development issues for Hidden City, Next City and Metropolis, amongst other fine publications.
Intrepid City Paper reader Kim Alsbrooks submitted a detailed, homemade map of Fairmount Park. She notified us of her creation after reading our cover story, The Secret Life of Fairmount Park.
Alsbrooks said she lived in the city in the 1990s, and enjoyed exploring the park system on her bicycle with an official map of trails and places of interest.
"I moved away for 10 years and lost the map," she said. "When I moved back to Philly, I started looking for a Fairmount Park map and couldn't find one."
So Alsbrooks, an artist by trade, decided to make her own. She started fishing through city records, libraries and the internet in an attempt to make as detailed a map as possible. Eventually, she encountered more recent maps of the park's bicycle trails, but said these seemed "pretty inaccurate, and didn't focus on the park system."
She admits her map, made with gouache on mylar, is still a work in progress. She hopes to eventually produce a more detailed version with a scale and legend that can be scanned into portable copies "to make it accessible to the public for better, safer biking in the park."
Click through the gallery above to see detailed images of Alsbrooks' handiwork.
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