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  • Between Rock Springs Road and Old William Penn Highway
    Salem Township, PA 15626
  • Category: Landmarks
  • Sub-Category: African American History Guide
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Fairview Park

Brief History

Fairview Park was founded in the 1940s by regional African-American church groups as an alternative to the local amusement parks that excluded them. At one point, the park had a roller coaster, a merry-go-round, a skating rink, a swimming pool, softball fields, swings, see-saws, a sandbox, a petting zoo and hot-air balloon rides. As racial segregation became less prevalent, the park lost much of its appeal for the African-American community. Approximately 52 acres of the original park is still maintained by the Fairview Park Association.

Condition/Architectural Notes

Poor. Site has fallen out of use and is deteriorating. Parts of the property had to be sold to pay taxes before non-profit status was obtained. Some attempts at revitalization are being made.