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10 Best Public Parks to Have Your Memorial Day Picnic

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It's hard to believe that Memorial Day weekend is upon us. So join the club if you only just started planning a barbecue. Thing is, not all city folks are so lucky to have a patio or backyard to host an epic cookout. That's where this handy map can help.

Behold: 10 great public parks where you can host a Memorial Day picnic or cookout. Some of them require permits, but others are up for grabs and offer plenty of green space to lay out a blanket. A handful of them have a few charcoal grills, while others allow you to bring your own.

Do you have a favorite picnic spot that you'd care to share? Leave a comment or send us a tip. Happy Memorial Day!

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Fairmount Park

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With 9,200 acres, chances are slim that you won't be able to find a picnic spot in this massive park. If you want to reserve a pavilion, you'll have to request a permit. But otherwise, there are plenty of areas to grill, set up a blanket, and lounge all day.

Liberty Lands Park

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Penn Treaty Park

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Schuylkill River Trail

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Right off the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk you'll often find folks lounging their days away along the banks. You can do the same on Memorial Day if you want to hang around Center City. You might even take a trip out on the river or take a jog along the trail.

Grays Ferry Crescent

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FDR Park

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Clark Park

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Historic Clark Park becomes green oasis in the middle of West Philly in the spring after spending its winters an epic sledding destination. There are grills, picnic tables, a playground, and the infamous huge bowl where you can hang out all day.

Wissahickon Valley Park

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Belmont Grove

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Cira Green

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Fairmount Park

With 9,200 acres, chances are slim that you won't be able to find a picnic spot in this massive park. If you want to reserve a pavilion, you'll have to request a permit. But otherwise, there are plenty of areas to grill, set up a blanket, and lounge all day.

Liberty Lands Park

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Penn Treaty Park

Schuylkill River Trail

Right off the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk you'll often find folks lounging their days away along the banks. You can do the same on Memorial Day if you want to hang around Center City. You might even take a trip out on the river or take a jog along the trail.

Grays Ferry Crescent

A photo posted by kalinom (@kalinom) on

FDR Park

Clark Park

Historic Clark Park becomes green oasis in the middle of West Philly in the spring after spending its winters an epic sledding destination. There are grills, picnic tables, a playground, and the infamous huge bowl where you can hang out all day.

Wissahickon Valley Park

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Belmont Grove

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Cira Green

A photo posted by Chen Gao (@chevanegc) on