LOVE Park redesign discussion tonight at Philadelphia Free Library

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 A parking garage on Arch Street and a retaining wall on 15th Street impede pedestrian traffic around Love Park. (Emma Lee/for NewsWorks)

A parking garage on Arch Street and a retaining wall on 15th Street impede pedestrian traffic around Love Park. (Emma Lee/for NewsWorks)

A meeting tonight is the first stage of finalizing a design for redoing LOVE Park.

Deputy Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mark Focht says for two days, his staff talked directly to LOVE park users about what they would like to change.

“They would love to see the park be green,” he said, “another thing we are hearing is they want a water element, obviously the LOVE statue is important and they want to see it in a prominent location.”

The meeting at the Free Library will invite more public comment.

Focht says there is one thing that will not be part of the redesign: skateboarding.

The planning will continue through next year with construction in 2016.

 

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