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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

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LOVE Park is closed for renovations through summer 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.

The public space will be under construction until summer 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 Temporarily Removed for Renovation

Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture has been removed for renovation while the sculpture’s home — Philadelphia’s iconic John F. Kennedy Plaza, better known as LOVE Park — gets an overhaul ahead of its re-opening in summer 2017.

The sculpture will undergo restoration, including being repainted, over the next several months, and will be restored and reinstalled in its original location at LOVE Park in summer 2017.

The AMOR sculpture — the builingual version of the LOVE sculpture — is still on display at Sister Cities Park, a short walk from LOVE Park.

Stay tuned for more information on when both LOVE Park and the LOVE sculpture will be reinstalled.

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.

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