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The Oval

Pop-up park on the Parkway

The Oval

Welcome to the Oval, a summertime oasis on the Parkway. Credit: M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia


Summer 2016


The Oval is a seasonal pop-up outdoor public space that transforms an island of asphalt and surrounding lawns at 24th Street and the Parkway into an eight-acre public space devoted to family-friendly fun.

Located within walking distance from Parkway’s cultural attractions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation and The Franklin Institute, the Oval is a pedestrian friendly urban oasis.

Enjoy giant games of chess, checkers, Jenga and Connect Four in the public space, dine on tasty dishes from local food trucks and lounge with a cold brew in the scenic outdoor beer garden.

Art Installation at the Oval

In advance of The Oval’s opening for the summer season (July 16), artists Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn will be installing a massive temporary artwork on at The Oval in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

The Baltimore-based duo creates large-scale, colorful pieces that often break the rules of traditional murals by spilling onto the ground and surrounding area. Watch the creation of the artwork in the days leading up to the opening of The Oval.

Daily Events & Activities

In addition to being a fantastic “Park on the Parkway,” The Oval offers daily community events and activities for Philadelphia residents and visitors alike. From Wednesday-Sunday, visitors to The Oval can participate in a variety of free, themed activities.

Participate in health-oriented events on Wednesdays, arts and culture happenings on Thursdays and enjoy food and free outdoor movies on Fridays. During the weekend, every Saturday is game day at The Oval and Sundays are designated family fun-days.

Getting There

Located in the shadow of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at Eakins Oval, the space is at the center of a hub of vehicular traffic. By far, the easiest way to arrive at The Oval, though, is by foot or bicycle. There are crosswalks leading from the sidewalks of the Parkway, straight to the park and bike racks are on site.

By public transportation, take SEPTA bus routes 2, 7, 32, 33 and 48. The PHLASH Bus is also a great way to get around, with stop number 14 delivering passengers right to Eakins Oval.

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