July 08, 2015
City officials are considering exceptions to the recreational camping ban in Philadelphia’s park system during Pope Francis’ highly anticipated visit in September.
In an interview with Philadelphia Magazine, Mike Focht, the city’s first deputy commissioner of Parks and Facilities, confirmed there have been discussions about allowing camping in certain city parks, though he wouldn't elaborate on the sites.
The city currently prohibits camping, which it defines as “erecting a tent, shelter or campsite,” in any of its parks.
Pope Francis’ planned visit to Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families is expected to bring an estimated 1.5 to 2 million visitors to the area.
Read the full Philadelphia Magazine article here.