Undergoing renovations to become one of the city’s great green spaces
Located at the foot of City Hall, Dilworth Park has undergone a major — and awesome — transformation.
On September 4, 2014, the park reopened as a modern and welcoming outdoor space, reestablishing William Penn’s original Center Square as a gathering place for all Philadelphians.
Read on for info on the full details of the massive renovations.
The 120,557-square-foot public space has created a dynamic and accessible new hub for pedestrians, commuters and visitors.
A multifaceted space, Dilworth Park includes an enormous Great Lawn, an outdoor café operated by Jose Garces, a computer-programmable fountain, a performance space and activity areas for outdoor markets and an ice-skating rink in season.
Additionally, SEPTA transit lines are now far more accessible with new elevators and new stairs, sheltered by cool-looking clear glass headhouses, that connect the surface streets with new entrances to the Market and Broad Street Lines and transit hub below, a system that transports 305,000 passengers through Center City each day.
Food & Drink
A plaza café located along the JFK Boulevard side of the park brings a Jose Garces dining destination to Dilworth Park. Modeled after Garces’ modern Cuban diner Rosa Blanca, the cafe serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Those planning special events on site will also have the option of fare from Brûlée Catering by Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix.
With seating inside and outside on the terrace, the cafe attracts diners at all hours.
Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park
This winter, the transformation of the west side of City Hall continues with the premiere of the brand-new Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park, which will officially open on Friday November 14, and remain open through February 22, 2015.
Once open, the rink will operate seven days a week (including holidays). Complementing the permanent amenities at the park, the skating rink will come with its own warming tent, as well as a whole host to to-be-announced seasonal programming and holiday happenings.
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Photo Tour: Top Reasons To Visit the All-New Rothman Ice Rink
The Rothman Ice Rink has been massively popular since it opened in mid-November, attracting scores of people looking forward to outdoor ice skating in Center City. Check out our photo tour of Rothman Ice Rink to see why it’s one the coolest new winter attractions Philadelphia has seen.
Photo Tour: Top 12 Reasons To Be Psyched For The New Dilworth Park
The redesign of Dilworth Plaza has made the 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.
Check out our brand new photo tour of Dilworth Park outlining a few of the top reasons we’re excited for the new park.
There are four tree groves located in the park, providing shade and creating an oasis in the center of Philadelphia. The tree species selected are conducive to city settings and include Honey locust, Black locust, Katsura and London plane. These tree groves will help lower air temperature as well as make the air healthier.
Located directly next to City Hall, it couldn’t be much easier to get to Dilworth Park via public transportation. The subway’s 15th Street Station, City Hall Station and 13th Street Station are all an easy walk from the park, and both Suburban Station and Market East are just a few blocks away. Numerous bus lines circle City Hall on their routes as well.
For information on parking near Dilworth Park, check out our “Parking in Philadelphia” page, complete with a handy parking locator from the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA).
Dilworth Park will also be home to Pulse, a specially commissioned work of public art by internationally recognized artist Janet Echelman that will be integrated into the programmable fountain that will use colors to trace the path of trains in real time. A new work of public art, created by internationally recognized artist Janet Echelman, will reflect the location’s gateway to the Broad and Market Street subways and trolley lines.
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