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Top 12 Reasons To Be Psyched
For The New Dilworth Park

The awesome new park next to City Hall opened in September 2014

The redesign of Dilworth Plaza will transform an underutilized concrete plaza into a green, pedestrian-friendly public space with new plantings, lawns, a programmable fountain, a cafe with outdoor seating and two iconic glass entrances to the underground concourse.

That’s not to mention the specially commissioned work of public art by internationally recognized artist Janet Echelman to be integrated into the programmable fountain that will use colors to trace the path of trains in real time.

More than 70 new trees will increase tree canopy by 25%, reduce ambient temperature by 2 degrees, and allow for a reduction of stormwater into the combined sewer system of more than 80,000 gallons annually over the entire site.

The park will also be programmed year-round with activities like pop-up shops, concerts, movies, beer gardens and more. The new park opened on September 4, 2014, with three days of special events and programming.

Here’s a quick list of some of the top reasons we’re psyched for the new park.

1. The awesome lawn.

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The 120,557-square-foot public space will create a dynamic and accessible new hub for pedestrians, commuters and visitors once it’s complete in October 2014. (Image courtesy Center City District / KieranTimberlake / OLIN)

 

2. The awesome fountain.

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It’s hard to miss the massive 11,600-square-foot fountain. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

 

Which is computer-programmable and recycles rainwater.

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Dilworth Park was the site of the city’s first water works and first public fountain in the 18th century — so it feels right to have a modern, 21st-century fountain there today. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

 

3. The crazy-awesome public art installation called “Pulse.”

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The installation is going to feature colored dry mist rising from the ground and moving along the fountain. (Image courtesy Center City District / KieranTimberlake / OLIN)

 

4. The Rosa Blanca cafe by Jose Garces.

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Modeled after Garces’ modern Cuban diner Rosa Blanca, the cafe will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

 

Which will have a beer garden for Oktoberfest this fall(!).

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The beer garden will come to Dilworth in October 2014. (Image courtesy Center City District / KieranTimberlake / OLIN)

 

5. The free outdoor movies.

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Another venue for free outdoor movie screenings? Yes, please. (Image courtesy Center City District / KieranTimberlake / OLIN)

 

6. And free outdoor concerts.

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Concerts, too. (Image courtesy Center City District / KieranTimberlake / OLIN)

 

7. The ice skating rink in the winter.

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This is where you’ll be spending a lot of time this winter. (Image courtesy Center City District / KieranTimberlake / OLIN)

 

8. The trees.

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More than 70 trees are being added to four groves around the park. (Image courtesy Center City District / KieranTimberlake / OLIN)

 

9. The architecture.

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SEPTA transit lines are now far more accessible with new elevators and new stairs, sheltered by cool-looking clear glass headhouses. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

 

10. All new access to public transit.

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The new access points connect the surface streets with new entrances to the Market and Broad Street Lines and transit hub below. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

 

11. It’s going to be big enough for thousands of people to hang out there.

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City Hall is at the center of the city and the region. It needs a great public gathering place. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

 

12. Because City Hall deserves an awesome public space.

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Wouldn’t you agree? (Image courtesy Center City District / KieranTimberlake / OLIN)

 

And because awesome public spaces help make Philly great.

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The park opened on September 4, 2014. It’s awesome. (Image courtesy Center City District / KieranTimberlake / OLIN)

 


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