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.
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