Sometimes you don’t really appreciate a public space until it’s gone. Like, for example, the Oval. This summer Parks and Rec. took the parking lot in front of the Art Museum fountain and animated it with chairs and games and hosted public programming six days a week from mid-July through mid-September.
Over the summer
When we passed by the artist formerly known as the Oval last week, the space looked as bleak as a parking lot in autumn, which is exactly what it is. After their Farewell Festivities a few weeks back, the lot was repainted, transitioning away from a public space and back into a parking lot. Still, the creation of the Oval was an interesting and worthwhile exercise for a couple of months- and to keep the interesting going, Parks and Rec. is hosting drive-in movies…
A reader checked in recently, wondering about 2337 and 2339 Pennsylvania Ave., two vacant lots near the Ben Franklin Parkway. According to this individual, the lots have looked like this for the two decades he’s lived in the neighborhood. Because we love a good mystery and hate unused vacant land, we figured it would be a good idea to investigate.
According to public record, 2337-41 Pennsylvania Ave. is owned by Joseph J. Murphy, who purchased the property in 1973. The parcel, which is over 4,700 sqft in size, includes
Last week, the City announced that beginning on July 17th, Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum steps will be playing host to an inviting park and exciting project.
From the Parks and Recreation’s announcement on their website, “eight acres of public space at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway” will become a place to meet, play, and engage in activities offered by participating organizations. There is more information and renderings here.
Running through August 20th, the currently paved parking lot space will convert to large open blocks of pedestrian-friendly turf with inviting benches, a stage for free live entertainment and movie nights, and the city’s best food trucks coming through every day. According to the drawings, there will be seating for eating, lawn games to play, sandboxes to dig, and sprinklers for hot…
Philadelphia’s Rail Park is an effort by three dedicated Philadelphians to transform an unused rail line into a grand pubic space that connects Fairmount Park to the cultural spine of Philadelphia along the Parkway down to City Hall. The space begins at the far end of Pennsylvania Avenue near 28th Street near Lemon Hill. That’s where a rail line runs underneath a tunnel that heads toward City Hall. Could that tunnel be of one Philadelphia’s next great civic spaces?
Map of the Rail Park
The Friends of Rail Park is the newly rebranded incarnation of the group formerly known as Viaduct Green. The group recently partnered with the OLIN studio to develop a vision for half a mile of the three mile former rail line that begins at Broad Street and runs three blocks west. The group…
Since last May, Sister Cities Park, the easternmost patch of green space that makes up Logan Square, has been under construction. As we told you about back then, this renovation project is part of Mayor Nutter’s Green 2015 initiative as well as a part of a plan to spruce up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
With a design from DIGSAU architects, Pennoni Engineers and landscape architect Bryan Hanes, this re-imagined, kid-friendly park will include a pavilion with a cafe and community space, new greenery, a boat pond, new lighting, and a new fountain that pays tribute to Philadelphia’s ten sister cities.
Below are some renderings as well as photos of the progress to date. Is it us, or do the renderings for this new space have a similar feel to…