The sun shines (finally) on Spruce Street Harbor Park opening

Spruce Street Harbor Park kicked off the 2016 season this weekend as locals and tourists lounged in hammocks, played bocce ball and tossed back beers along the Delaware waterfront.

Assistant general manager Jackie Lai said that popular demand pushed the park into opening a full three weeks earlier than last year. The extra time is giving his staff a head start to work out any kinks and get ready for major events like Philly Beer Week.

This year has the potential to be remarkable for tourism in Philadelphia, what with hosting the Democratic National Convention and being named the best place to visit in the U.S. by the guidebook company Lonely Planet.

While the team at Spruce Street Harbor is not quite ready to make grand predictions about increased numbers of visitors, they are prepared to see an increase over the estimated 750,000 who visited last year.

The park is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends through September 25.

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