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.
January 7, 2014 |
A PROPOSAL BY City Council President Darrell Clarke for LOVE Park has some folks in city government scratching their heads. Some experts say the idea to erect seven restaurants in JFK Plaza - a/k/a LOVE Park - would likely trigger ordinances at the local, state and federal levels designed to protect city-owned parkland. In November, Clarke commissioned the Philadelphia-based Daroff Design Inc. to draw up sketches of what LOVE Park might look like with eateries, kiosks and a bandstand along the perimeter.
December 26, 2013 |
Let the debate over the future of LOVE Park begin. For Mike DiBerardinis, the head of Philadelphia's Department of Parks and Recreation, rehabilitating John F. Kennedy Plaza would be the finishing touch to transforming the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from "City Hall to Lloyd Hall," at the foot of Boathouse Row. He imagines the plaza, more commonly known as LOVE Park, without the forbidding granite surfaces and access-limiting terraces and walls....
June 1, 2014 |
A homeless man convicted of stabbing and killing another homeless man in Center City's LOVE Park after an argument was sentenced to eight to 25 years in prison Friday. Frederick Mills, 47, apologized for killing Allen Jordan, 43, after a late-night confrontation in August 2011. During a jury trial in February before Common Pleas Court Judge Linda Carpenter, Mills testified that he got into the argument with Jordan after he was roughed up and robbed of jewelry. "He has no prior record and he's 47 years old," defense attorney Jay S. Gottlieb said of Mills.
August 10, 1998 |
It sits underneath I-95, nestled between concrete barriers and tucked away at the back of FDR Park in South Philadelphia. Skaters come from across the nation to sample the gravity-defying twists and turns of the obstacles of the skateboarders' park. Four years after the Rendell administration proposed banning skateboarding at JFK Plaza - or "Love Park" as skateboarders across the nation called it - its replacement is even more popular than its predecessor. "It's a success," said Shane VonHartleben, 24, owner of Subzero Skateboard and Snowboard Shop on 5th Street near South.
August 4, 2003
LOVE MUST OFTEN change in order to grow. So do editorial boards. That's why this one is now giving a tentative thumbs-up to a new plan that could bring skateboarders back to LOVE Park. Last year, we supported Mayor Street's action to shut down the park to skateboarders and redesign it to encourage wider use. We disagreed with skateboarders and their supporters that this park should be signed over to the ones who use it most. We still believe that a city park, especially one in the heart of the city, should not be designated the exclusive domain of any single group.
June 26, 2002 |
The broad runways of rickety granite paving stones are gone. So are the hard benches that banged wheels and shins, the round concrete planters, the scraggly shrubbery, and the sheer grittiness of the place. LOVE Park, once one of the great touring sites in the world of skateboarding, is only a memory now. In its place, and nearing completion, is a renovated JFK Plaza, a little more grassy and a lot less brassy. The city hopes to reopen the park, closed since the end of April, by July 3 - in time for much of the citywide Welcome America!
July 29, 2003
Sometimes a good idea has to go dormant awhile, get revived and gussied up, then presented again before people take it seriously. That's how the effort to return skateboarders to LOVE Park is rolling. There always has been a way to satisfy two worthy usages of the Center City park - giving people a grassy lunch spot and allowing skateboarders to do their thing. But only one side has been served so far, as Mayor Street had JFK Plaza redesigned last year and, with City Council, kept skaters out. The city should continue its commendable plans to help skaters build a privately financed skate park at the Schuylkill River Park.
November 24, 2013 |
THE MAYOR'S OFFICE has chosen the highest bidder to purchase the parking garage under JFK Plaza, but a Nutter-backed bill sent to City Council on Thursday morning saw no introduction, and a spokesman for the administration says Council is dragging its feet on what could be a huge windfall for the city. Nutter spokesman Mark McDonald said the city plans to award the contract to Chicago-based Interpark LLC, which already runs a garage at 13th and Locust streets. The plaza above the garage, at 15th Street and JFK Boulevard, commonly known as LOVE Park for its iconic statue, is set to be rebuilt as the parking structure is repaired.
March 9, 2011
AS I WAS reading Gregory Heller's op-ed "One last chance for Love Park," I couldn't help think of its neighbor, Dilworth Plaza, whose fate is truly appalling - demolition. This wonderfully designed plaza is being demolished because it is only a walk-through - and too noisy with traffic roaring around it. But there are many things we can do with it. The lower section can be used for entertainment and information. TV screens, like those at the president's house, placed on the walls, showing the government access station, another showing Ron Avery's "Urban Explorer," another showing City Hall history.