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July 08, 2015

City considers exceptions on camping in Philly parks during pope's visit

Camping in Philadelphia's park system is currently prohibited

Papal Visit Camping
Camping During Pope Visit Gregorio Borgia/AP

Polish pilgrims gather at a tented camp set up at the Knights of Columbus sports grounds in Rome on April 27, 2014, for a ceremony at the Vatican in which Pope Francis elevated John XXIII and John Paul II to sainthood.

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.