Can't make it to the Shore? Philly brought the beach to the city

Residents are invited to come out and play this weekend and next.

Hadas Kuznits
August 11, 2018 - 2:26 pm
A temporary beach on North Broad Street has a shark mascot.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A simulated pop-up beach made its debut Saturday at the corner of North Broad and Master streets during Philly Free Streets. Residents will have two full weekends to enjoy it. 

Chantale Belefanti with The North Broad Renaissance explains there's something really special about it.

"We wanted to do something that's never been done before, and here you are!" Belefanti said. "You have a beach in the middle of North Philly!"

Belefanti said the beach is 6 inches deep and measures 30 feet by 50 feet. It features a sand pit, beach balls, parachute games, hammocks, Adirondack chair 

She says everyone is invited to come out and play this weekend and next.

"We have a massive oversized beach ball that people are playing around with. We have a volleyball court, which is as big as our sandbox over here. We have Playworks here and the Treehouse is here as well. We have hammocks for everyone. We have games," Belefanti said.

There's also a mascot. 

"Yes! We have our very own Sharkie the mascot!" Belefanti said. "He is a shark. He's wonderful. And then of course we have the Phillie Phanatic!"

Kids were out on Saturday getting their hands dirty.

One parent said she enjoys watching the kids have fun.

"Playing in the sand, making sand castles, playing with balls. They are having a blast!"

Another visitor said, "It's a cheap way to save some gas rather than going down to the real beach."