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    • The Oval is being remade in bold, bright geometries
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The Oval returns for third season, will it see a fourth?

If The Oval started three years ago as an experiment to see if an underused part of the Parkway could become a lively – if temporary – public space, consider the…

    • Trail engineering: small logs help prevent erosion on a semi-steep climb on the Belmont Trails.

Into the woods: Fairmount Park groups aim to orient Belmont trail runners

This post was created in collaboration with Hidden City. Photos by Bradley Maule. Check out previous collaborations here. When I decided to make Philadelphia my permanent home, in 2005, I…

    • Kelly Pool
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Beginner's Guide to Philadelphia's Public Pools

Philly has more free, outdoor public pools than any city in the country and lucky for us pool season kicks off this week. To help you cool off this summer Community…

    • Concept rendering of LOVE Park, April 2015 | Hargreaves Associates

Designers show Saucer some LOVE

Exhale, Saucer Heads: Saucer Watch 2015 is over. When JFK Plaza / LOVE Park reopens in 2017 it will feature a refreshed version of the iconic Fairmount Park Welcome Center, the…

    • JFK Plaza / LOVE Park

Conceptual designs for a lush LOVE Park

Say farewell to the dyed geyser, clanky granite blocks, and foreboding edges. This year is the last for LOVE Park as we know it. Next summer, if a redesign project continues…

    • LOVE Park, August 2012 | (c) Bob Bruhin, all rights reserved
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Build new LOVE upon old strengths

Think of classic Philly views and your mind will likely leap to that mile-long vista from Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture down the Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. JFK Plaza,…

    • Idea board #newlovepark
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Ideas for the new LOVE Park

I spent much of Wednesday in LOVE Park while staffers from PennPraxis, Parks and Rec, and Fairmount Park Conservancy collected ideas for LOVE Park’s future redesign. My day started with my…

    • Diamond facets point to the Art Museum's collonnade
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Fleeting Fantasy: The Oval returns, replacing asphalt with art and parking with place

With pluck and paint a parking lot can become a magic carpet, and an underused bit of parkland can become an attraction. That’s the idea behind The Oval, a now annual…

    • The Poquessing Creek Trail is about half complete and should be open this year, Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
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Parks & Rec paves Poquessing Creek Trail

When most people think of Philly's far Northeast, they think of relatively suburban neighborhoods, driven by a post-WWII development and characterized by cul de sacs. Most don't think about nature or…

Connectivity at the heart of “The New Fairmount Park”

The fact that Fairmount Park attracts seven million visitors each year shows that the park is doing something right. But why let the crown jewel of Philadelphia’s park system (and the…

    • Pastorius Park, Photo by Gary Reed
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Events you'll love this LOVE Your Park Week

Philly's annual celebration of the city's unique, 10,200-acre park system is back this year with eight days of service projects, events, educational programming, tours and more. LOVE Your Park Week kicks…

    • connectorbridge

Bicycle and pedestrian counters coming to area trails

Anyone who jogs, strolls or rolls on the Schuylkill River Trail or Kelly Drive on a warm, sunny day knows that those trails get a lot of bicycle and pedestrian traffic.…

    • Parks and Rec supporters

Call on the Mayor and City Council to close the ($5 Million) gap for Parks and Recreation

A message from the Parks Alliance. "Join Us to show STRONG and ORGANIZED SUPPORT for Parks and Recreation at the upcoming City Council budget hearing. Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis will be testifying…

    • Bartram's Mile South | Andropogon

PCPC hears about Bartram's Mile

The Planning Commission Tuesday heard an information-only presentation on a key part of implementing Philadelphia2035,  a description of the first phase of the Bartam's Mile project, which will create new parks…

    • #TreePhilly:
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TreePhilly spreading "arborly love" this spring

Yes, last weekend's thaw was a tease, but it got us thinking about planting even though spring won't officially start for another month. Philly trees are also thinking spring, spreading "arborly…

    • Fenced off East Park Canoe House
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East Park Canoe House to be restored for Temple rowing

The Schuylkill River's East Park Canoe House and Temple University’s rowing teams are getting new leases on life. The City announced yesterday that the historic East Park Canoe House will undergo…

    • Tree trash
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Treecycle: How to get rid of last year's Christmas tree

Ready to start the New Year fresh? Before you toss out that 2013 Christmas tree, know that the Streets Department does not recycle trees left on the curb. If you want…

    • An EPA official at the trail opening ceremony commended the city for its greening efforts
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Grant funding for Penn Treaty Park playground and Pulaski Park pier

As part of $38 million in PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grants announced last week, two of the city's Delaware waterfront parks will be getting upgrades. The Department of…

    • Wissahickon East Project
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Neighbors clean newly secured East Mount Airy parkland

Just before the first snowfall of the season, volunteers gathered in East Mount Airy to clean six acres of former farm land that, after years of neighbor-developer conflict, the city has…

    • Rowers on the river, Canoe House fenced off
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Future for East Park Canoe House uncertain after Temple cut crew

An unexpected casualty in the fallout from Temple University’s decision to cut seven athletic teams, including men's and women's crew, is the historic East Park Canoe House. Temple was considering…

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