The park is 48 acres, free to the public, and open from dawn to dusk. It was originally the home of Cyrus Curtis, publisher of The Saturday Evening Post and a thriving sheet music business. It was donated to the township of Cheltenham by his daughter, Mary Louise Curtis Bok, who also founded Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music.
The park was designed, in part, by the Olmsted Brothers, sons of Fredrick Law Olmsted, the first person to call himself a “landscape architect.” He created many famous parks, including Central Park in New York City. The plans for Curtis are listed in the Olmsted archives. FWO believed that Parks contribute to mental and physical health, and by doing so, help to develop the web of connections that make community possible.
We believe this, too!
To contribute to the Friends of Curtis Arboretum, you can send a check to us at 8230 Old York Road, Elkins Park PA 19027, or you can use a credit card or PayPal at our Donation Page.
To see more information on booking Curtis Hall through its official caterer, Jeffrey A. Miller Catering.
To see the assessment created by NAM Planning and Design, LLC, who assessed all aspects of the park trees, landscaping, and architectural elements: 2016 Master Plan.
Our creeks are part of the Tookany-Tacony/Frankford watershed. For more information on improving Rock Creek and more, see the TTF Watershed Partnership.