LOVE Park Renovations Hit Small Snag

 

“Efforts to preserve steps around the fountain slowed demolition but the LOVE park renovation remains on schedule.” | Photo: Pat Loeb, for CBS

“Efforts to preserve steps around the fountain slowed demolition but the LOVE park renovation remains on schedule.” | Photo: Pat Loeb, for CBS

  • Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell says that demolition work on LOVE Park has been halted, as crews have unexpectedly encountered a water main that necessitates further soil testing; the preservation of that plaza’s iconic granite steps—for nostalgic reuse in Paine’s Skate Park—has also caused added difficulties. A spring 2017 reopening of the renovated space is nevertheless expected.
  • One group has announced that will flout the City’s attempt to corral protestors of the Democratic National Convention into FDR Park, reports NewsWorks. “Free speech is free speech, so if you’re saying there are zones, and so, all of a sudden, then there’s no free speech over here [on South Broad Street], then you’re infringing on my rights,” said Deandra Jefferson of the Philadelphia Coalition for REAL (Racial, Economic, and Legal) Justice.
  • At Ridge & Roxborough Avenues, just across from the Wendy’s that so ingloriously replaced the French Imperial style Bunting House two years ago, developers are constructing four new homes to be called “Ridge Park.” This project also saw the demolition of an older house, and the homes’ design is just as incongruous, says Naked Philly.
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