Cobbs Creek is an 11.8 mi creek that runs through Southeastern Pennsylvania. It's tranquility and picturesque natural beauty led to its establishment as a park.
Cobbs Creek used to be called "Karakung" by Native Americans. When this area was first settled by Swedes, this was the site of the Old Swede's Mill (built-in 1645 and the first water mill in Pennsylvania) on the Karakong Kill. This led to other mills being developed in the area and the site was a manufacturing center for 200 years before converting into a park.
Cobbs Creek Park contains three playgrounds: Cobbs Creek Recreation Center, Granahan playground, and Charles Papa Playground. For many in West Philadelphia, Cobbs Creek is the primary hiking and recreation attraction, offering swimming, golf, ball fields, tracks, tennis and basketball courts, ice and roller hockey rinks, and campgrounds. The park and its numerous picnic spaces are popular with families during summer weekends and holidays for picnics=and barbecues.
For many West Philadelphia and Upper Darby children, Cobbs Creek is their first introduction to wooded greenspaces and freshwater ecosystems. Local schools run service-learning activities to support conservation in the creek and surrounding parks; e.g., conducting water-quality studies to track pollution. The wildlife that students can see include regional birds, raccoons, opossums, spotted deer, wild turkey, rabbits, and in recent history, even a mountain lion.
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