Ashley Hahn, Editor of PlanPhilly’s Eyes on the Street sat down with NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller to talk about the city’s plans for 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 to run on schedule, JFK Plaza / LOVE Park will be under construction. It will be almost entirely cleared to waterproof the leaky garage below most of the park, and a new public space will be built from scratch on top.
The new park’s design team, led by Hargreaves Associates, presented four design concepts Tuesday evening at a public meeting at the Free Library, showing their still evolving work after a couple of speedy months of design development.
Fans of Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture can cease any handwringing: The sculpture might move a few feet but it will remain on the diagonal axis through the park, preserving the classic Philly vista down the Parkway to the Art Museum beyond. The future park will also have a fountain – but just what size, shape, and style remains to be seen. Meanwhile the fate of the Fairmount Park Welcome Center – the space-age pavilion that predates LOVE Park– has not yet been decided.