Inquirer Editorial: All LOVE Park needs is to be shown some love

RON TARVER / Staff Phototographer
RON TARVER / Staff Phototographer
Posted: October 18, 2012

Just when you think no one really cares, someone steps up to prove you wrong. Like the 50 people who heeded a local cleaning-supply company's call to help clean up LOVE Park. With brooms, dustpans, and trash bags, they staged a "flash cleanup."

In a delightful video ( http://vimeo.com/51066383), dozens of merry cleaners can be seen sweeping, bagging, and rooting through plant beds. A woman mugs for the camera while picking up a banana peel. Another sweeps up leaves - in heels no less - proving civic pride can transcend foot discomfort.

It's a much more refreshing image of the park than people ignoring trash cans and tossing dirty diapers and food wrappers onto its granite surfaces.

CleanItSupply.Com and other firms involved in the cleanup - including SEER Interactive, Jobspring, Skout Media, Generocity.org, Villa, and Young Involved Philadelphia - are getting some publicity, but praise is well deserved for inspiring this effort.

Philadelphia has been unable to keep up with the slobs who trash LOVE Park, officially John F. Kennedy Plaza. A promised redesign could make it easier to keep the park clean. But as Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis points out, citizens must share responsibility for the condition of the park.

An ultimate solution to maintaining the park properly will require a strong, permanent maintenance plan, and ticketing people who think it's OK to soil the gateway to Philadelphia's extraordinary museums. Mayor Nutter should also ask the Center City District to include LOVE Park on its street-cleaning route.

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