Memorial Day crowds welcome summer at Philly’s waterfront pop-up parks

    The second incarnation of the Spruce Street Harbor Park, a temporary public park on Columbus Boulevard at Spruce Street, has officially opened for the season.

    Many of the park’s amenities will look familiar to those who laid in a hammock, sipped a beer from local brewery or sampled some of Philly chef Jose Garces’ food while sitting along the Delaware River last summer.

    As for this season the pop up park has expanded further up Penn’s Landing with a roller skating rink in the Summerfest Riverrink, which is normally reserved for ice skating in the winter months. The re-purposed rink now features a center area to take a break in the shade underneath hanging roller-skates and a lodge serving food and drinks.

    For those just looking to relax there are still plenty of hammocks. Food from Philly staples like Federal Donuts and Franklin Fountain Creamery is served out of converted shipping containers and beer from local breweries like Yards, Victory and Slyfox can be found around the park.

    For kids, and adults, there is an oversize chessboard, Jenga and Connect Four games as well as kayak and swan boat rentals. The park will remain open seven days a week until September with a variety of events and fairs happening throughout the season.

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