Located at the foot of City Hall, Dilworth Park recently underwent 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.
The 120,557-square-foot public space has created a dynamic and accessible new hub for pedestrians, commuters and visitors.
The redesign of Dilworth Park 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.
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.
Dilworth Park hosts an array of events for all ages throughout the year.
— Photo by Visit Philadelphia
A multifaceted space, Dilworth Park includes an enormous Great Lawn, an outdoor café, a computer-programmable fountain, a performance space and activity areas for outdoor markets and an ice-skating rink in season.
A plaza café located along the JFK Boulevard side of the park brings a welcome opportunity to take in the park while enjoying a regional menu created by Brûlée Catering, the cafe serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.
Those planning special events on site will also have the option of fare from Brûlée Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix.
Pulse, an immersive public art installation by renowned artist Janet Echelman, tracks the city’s underground transport in real time. The installation sends a colorful dry mist upwards from Dilworth Park’s fountain space at night each time the trolley lines move below for passersby to observe and interact with.
Also, there are four tree groves located in the park, providing much-appreciated shade 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.
In the winter, visitors lace up a pair of skates and take to the ice at the Rothman Institute Ice Rink in the shadow of City Hall.
Also during the winter season, visitors take a stroll through America’s Garden Capital Maze, which celebrates the 30-plus gardens and arboreta in the Greater Philadelphia region.
Visitors take to the ice at the Rothman Institute Ice Rink.
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
There is no cost of admission to visit Dilworth Plaza.
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