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LOVE Park

Officially known as John F. Kennedy Plaza

LOVE Park

Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture at Philadelphia's LOVE Park. Credit: B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

Description

LOVE Park Closed For Renovations

Dates Closed:
February 16, 2016 – Spring 2017

Philadelphia’s iconic John F. Kennedy Plaza — better known as LOVE Park — will receive some much-needed love, care and 21st-century upgrades in 2016 and 2017.

After years of comprehensive planning, LOVE Park and its Welcome Center are getting an overhaul starting on February 16, 2016.

The public space will be under construction until spring 2017 to bring grand redesign plans — including adding green space and structural improvements, installing a new water feature, creating concession areas and opening up access to the park — to fruition.

LOVE Sculpture To Move To Dilworth Park

During the construction process, Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture will move across the street to Dilworth Park.

The move is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

Overview

A favorite destination for tourists and locals alike, John F. Kennedy Plaza gets its famed nickname “LOVE Park” due to its famous sculpture.

Located near City Hall, LOVE Park serves as the grand entrance to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

The plaza, designed by famed City Planner Edmond Bacon, father of actor Kevin Bacon, was originally constructed over an underground parking garage in 1965. The plaza expanded in 1969 with the addition of beautifully curved granite steps and a majestic fountain.

Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE statue was not installed until the bicentennial in 1976, only to be removed two years later. Due to its immense popularity, the scuplture was purchased by the Chairman of the Philadelphia Art Commission, F. Eugene Dixon, Jr., and permanently returned to the plaza.

Aside from photo opportunities, LOVE Park also features the Fairmount Park Welcome Center and Gift Shop and is a favorite spot to grab a bite to eat from some of the city’s top food trucks.

Details

16th and JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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