My love note: Kelly Drive, rightfully, gets a lot of pedestrian traffic. It has a well maintained bike path, runs right into Center City and has river views to boot. But, it can easily feel crowded on a particularly nice day. So when I want a break from pounding the pavement on the well-worn path, either by foot or by bike, I make a right on Fountain Green Drive, head uphill and enter a world of peace and quiet.
The area is populated by people playing softball and having massive cookouts on sunny summer weekends. But that’s not when I love it the most, although there is a certain comfort to be had in the voices that echo around the sprawling fields during those times. No, it’s my favorite on a chilly-but-not-too-cold afternoon or evening, when I can peel off from the Kelly Drive crowds and instantly be transported to a place that feels like my own little secret; where I can lie under a tree for hours or walk or run around like I’m removed from pretty much everything.
Smith Memorial Playground, a frisbee golf course and 33rd Street are all pretty close by, as is, of course, Kelly Drive. However, none of that takes away from the fact that, every time I get to the top of Fountain Green, I feel like an ancient explorer who’s discovered something new and can hardly believe his good fortune.