Sometimes it takes awhile to get something just right. When you do, however, you just know it. The creators of Philadelphia's newest greenspace, Dilworth Park, must be feeling the love at the opening of this wonderful new space.
Located next to City Hall, the area has been years in the making. But seeing the finished product now makes the wait seem worthwhile.
Dilworth Park features four tree groves, with a large lawn and flower beds. There's space for 400 tables, chairs and benches for visitors to sit, relax, eat lunch, meet friends or take a break from the hustle and bustle for a bit.
At Dilworth Park, fountains spring up in warmer weather, while the area features an ice rink here in winter — Photo courtesy of Dilworth Park
There's also a huge space (11,600 square feet) comprised of recycled rainwater fountains that can be programmed via computer and even set to music. This area will transform into a seasonal ice skating rink come winter, attracting families and active visitors.
Other features of the area include a cafe (with outdoor seating) headed by Jose Garces, a mainstay in the Philadelphia restaurant scene. Outdoor movie screenings, happy hours and special community and cultural events will be held here moving forward, making this space very versatile and attractive to all sorts of people.
In the movement to make cities more pleasing to the eye, and more friendly to the environment as a whole, Dilworth Park certainly does its part. The area is attractive, sustainable, makes use of recycled resources and works to bring both the native community and the visiting population together.
Also located within the park are new entrances to SEPTA trains and trolleys, which can be reached via elevators. The entrances are housed in attractive glass enclosures.
The area also features a reconstructed concourse, with real-time information on five trolley lines, making it a key transportation hub into and out of the city. You can travel here as your final destination, or use it as a transfer spot to get to other areas of town easily and efficiently.
The space serves as a connector between the Avenue of the Arts, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and many Market East destinations.
A welcome change from the rundown plaza that existed here before, Dilworth Park promises to add both beauty and functionality to an area of the city that is host to many, many people on a daily basis. An oasis to increase their enjoyment and use of the city's resources is a wonderful addition to any big city, and Philadelphia should be proud to add it to its list of amenities.