Dilworth Park Preps For Winter


Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park | Photo: Center City District

Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park | Photo: Center City District

  • “This week Dilworth Park begins its transformation into the Dilworth Park Wintergarden,” says a Center City District press release. By November 11, the Rothman Institute Ice Rink and Rothman Institute Cabin will be ready for the public’s seasonal use, as will Groundswell Design Group’s America’s Garden Capital Maze, which celebrates the abundance of gardens and arboreta in the region. “It will feature willow-branch archways, evergreens, trees, perennials, shrubs, and topiary sculptures from 32 area gardens as part of a Maze with colorful winter plantings adorned with twinkling mini-lights.”
  • Jake Blumgart covers yesterday afternoon’s October meeting of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, which saw 1) the delay in consideration of Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s measure to upzone parcels adjacent to 30th Street Station intended for Drexel University’s proposed Schuylkull Yards project, 2) approval of Councilman Bobby Henon’s bill requiring developers to publicly post any refusals or referrals they may receive from L&I during the zoning variance application process, and 3) the rejection of four appeals of groups—Cathedral Park RCO, Kingsessing Spirit, West Philly Pride, and Center City Organized for Responsible Development—whose applications for RCO (registered community organization) status were denied last month.
  • Plan Philly shares the renderings of winners of its recent design competition which asked young designers to adapt the Philadelphia rowhouse to the needs and concerns of the 21st century. The winners, Uk Jung’s “Flexible House” on North 29th Street in Brewerytown and Chris Mulford and Lindsay Rule’s “CM(SE)XY-1” on Amber Street in East Kensington, were both noted for their flexibility.
About the author

Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

Send a message!

Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
Monument Lab Artist Stands Up For The City's Lost Stoops

Monument Lab Artist Stands Up For The City’s Lost Stoops

August 17, 2017  |  Vantage

Artist Kaitlin Pomerantz is on a mission to save Philadelphia's castaway stoops. Her project for this year's Monument Lab will memorialize the city's proverbial outdoor living room with a collection of salvaged stoops inside Washington Square Park. Contributor Star Herr-Cardillo has the story > more

In The Aftermath Of Charlottesville, Counting On The Catto Memorial

In The Aftermath Of Charlottesville, Counting On The Catto Memorial

August 15, 2017  |  Soapbox

As Southern cities erupt in protest and race-fueled violence over the removal of Confederate memorials, historian Amy Cohen looks at Philadelphia's lack of diversity in public monuments > more


In “Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture,” The City Is A Muse

August 11, 2017  |  Buzz

Groundbreaking exhibit of the work of Louis Kahn brings his ideas to life, says Nathaniel Popkin > more

Convention Center Survivor A Symbol Of Philly's Faded Industries

Convention Center Survivor A Symbol Of Philly’s Faded Industries

August 10, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow takes us for a spin to the corner of Race and Camac Streets where the city's commercial sectors have shifted gears for over a century > more

A Sneak Peek At <em>Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies</em>

A Sneak Peek At Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies

August 8, 2017  |  Buzz

Michael Bixler has this behind-the scenes look at Cai Guo-Qiang's interactive dreamscape, "Fireflies." The Chinese artist will debut his mobile art project on September 14 in celebration of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway's centennial > more

City Mobilizes Against Trash With Zero Waste Action Plan

City Mobilizes Against Trash With Zero Waste Action Plan

August 7, 2017  |  News

Can the City eliminate Philly's litter epidemic by 2030? Nic Esposito, director of the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet, says it can be done if government and residents work together. Michael Bixler catches up with the 'litter czar' to discuss an ambitious, municipal action plan to tackle the issue > more