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The Oval

New shape of fun on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The Oval

Welcome to the Oval, a summertime oasis on the Parkway. Credit: M. Fishetti for GPTMC

Description

Dates:
July 17-August 18
Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Overview

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is getting an exciting new addition this summer. The Oval, a brand-new public space, is transforming an island of asphalt and surrounding lawns at 24th Street and the Parkway into an eight-acre public space devoted to summertime 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. The painted-over parking lot and surrounding grassy areas welcome visitors with brightly colored sails and permanent features like tables and chairs and, yes, public restrooms.

Open Tuesday through Sunday, The Oval features free activitites, live entertainment, an ongoing rotation of local food trucks and even a beer garden.

Cool off in outdoor misters at “The Beach”, play an oversized game of chess or face-off on an outdoor ping-pong table. Beat the summer heat and relax in the shade of the “The Lawn” with an afternoon picnic or a free round of mini-golf on the Oval’s nine-hole course.

Each day The Oval will feature a rotating lineup of food trucks coordinated by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation on “The Boardwalk.” Look for local favorites like Vernalicious, Delicias, Sum Pig, Chewy’s, Sweet Box and Lil’ Pop Shop.

On Thursday evenings through August 8, enjoy an adult beverage at the outdoor Beer Garden from 5-9 p.m. The Beer Garden will feature various craft brews from Great Lakes Brewing Co. and Sixpoint Brewery along with perennial favorites like Yuengling and Blue Moon.

For a complete schedule of events, click the button below.

Click here for complete schedule

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 is also a great way to go, with stop number 13 delivering passengers right to Eakins Oval.

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