Mayor Nutter and Council President Clarke move forward
together on vision for LOVE Park

Mayor Nutter and Council President Clarke sign "A Shared Vision for Love Park"

Mayor Nutter and Council President Clarke sign "A Shared Vision for Love Park"

 

On Monday February 10, the Parks Alliance braved the bitter cold to attend a press conference in LOVE Park announcing Mayor Michael Nutter and Council President Darrell Clarke’s new shared vision for JFK Plaza (aka LOVE Park).

 

The Mayor and Council President will work together in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy to create a new revitalized LOVE Park. Their vision for the park will include a public process, space for concessions, enhancements to greenspace, and best practices of sustainability, environmental and open space design.   Many of the details of the plan for LOVE Park have yet to be decided. The Parks Alliance assumes that the public process will play a major role and that the final plan for LOVE Park will look very different from what we have seen so far.

The park renovations will be funded through a combination of public and private funds including concession revenue, pro bono design services from Liberty Property Trust and through the sale of the parking garage beneath the park. The number and type of concessions will be decided through a concession study and public input.  Read the full agreement: A Shared Vision for Love Park.

After internal discussion informed by Parks Alliance supporter feedback, last week the Alliance  delivered letters to City Council detailing the legal and policy implications of the initial concept plans for LOVE park. We then discussed our position with Council President Clarke. Read the Parks Alliance's letter to Council President Clarke.

The Parks Alliance is delighted that Council President Clarke and Mayor Nutter have joined forces to proceed, in a timely matter, with the sale of the garage below LOVE Park; to find creative ways to fund the revitalization of the park; to partner with the Fairmount Park Conservancy on a concessions process; and to include stakeholders and citizens in an open public planning process. The Alliance looks forward to working with them and the public to ensure the best possible outcome for the revitalization of one of the most iconic parks in Philadelphia.  We will continue to monitor city and state ordinances concerning parkland protection to make sure that the laws are adhered to.

LOVE Park Press:

Philadelphia Daily News:
Nutter, Clarke reach LOVE Park deal

Philadelphia Business Journal:
Major changes coming to LOVE Park

CBS Philly:
Group Opposes City Council’s plan to put restaurants in LOVE Park

Philadelphia Inquirer:
Nutter, Clarke present a vision for LOVE Park

Philadelphia Inquirer:
Clarke's Parchipelago: Multi-cafe idea for LOVE Park would require land exchange

Philadelphia Business Journal:
LOVE Park restaurant idea faces criticism

Philadelphia Inquirer:
Wrestling with how to revitalize LOVE Park - and how to pay for it

Philadelphia Inquirer Architecture Critic Inga Saffron:
Changing Skyline: It's LOVE Park, not $$$$ Park

Philadelphia Inquirer:
Clarke's vision: 7 restaurants in LOVE Park

CBS Philly: 
Clarke’s Proposal For Love Park Renovation Includes Indoor And Outdoor Restaurants

Newsworks (audio):
Dining in Love Park -- Indoors or out?

NBC 10 Philadelphia (video):
LOVE Park Re-Imagined as Eating, Event Hot Spot