The Rap Map

Belmont Plateau

From “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff (Ft. Will Smith)

Lyrics

Back in Philly we be out in the park
A place called the Plateau is where everybody go

About

On a hot summer day, Fairmount Park’s lush Belmont Plateau—which offers a breathtaking view of the city skyline—is guaranteed to host a plethora of picnickers and people playing pickup football or frisbee. Tourists park their cars in the Plateau’s lot, then traipse off to Belmont Mansion or other park sites. Families hang out at benches and watch their children play

At night, the parking lot becomes a de facto party and pickup spot. Guys show off their cars’ booming sound systems and hope to leave with a phone number or two. Girls sit atop trunks, playing hard to get. Friends mingle. Sometimes things get steamy; some couples just stay in the car