In Philadelphia, Memorial Day weekend is not just the unofficial start of summer, but the start of pop-up season, when temporary public parks begin popping up.
One of the most successful pop-up experiments last year was the Spruce Street Harbor Park along the Delaware River. Thousands visited the park to lounge in hammocks suspended between shade trees and walk over a series of moored barges to have a beer while floating on the river.
The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is bringing the park back, this time with a presenting sponsor – Intervest Valley Green bank – and an accompanying roller-skating rink.
On the other side of Penn’s Landing, the Winterfest ice-skating rink has been repurposed as a Summerfest roller-skating rink.
The wintertime warming lodge, with its kitschy moosehead faux-taxidermy and skiing paraphernalia, has been redesigned with ocean-blue slipcovers, fishing poles, and nautical themes.
“It’s going to continue being the lodge. They are doing cool summer additions to it,” said DRWC spokeswoman Emma Fried-Cassorla. “So lots of antique roller skates all over the place. They are hanging canoes and kayaks from the ceiling.”
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