Eakins Oval pop-up park returns with 'double the fun'

John McDevitt
July 18, 2019 - 4:14 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's back! The pop-up park will take up space along a section of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the next four weeks, with even more family-friendly programming this summer. 

The Oval+ ("The Oval plus"), as it's called, is a public space created from eight acres of Eakins Oval. The area expands across much of the parking lot and a stretch of the road in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  

It brings family, friends, and Philadelphians from across the city to enjoy yoga, food, movies, games, and more.

Mayor Jim Kenney says Philadelphia is a hub of unique historical and cultural attractions and the Oval is one attraction that stands out for the innovative use of public space.  

"This year's theme is 'double the fun on the Parkway.' And for the second year in a row, this activation will stretch down the Parkway from Eakins Oval all the way to Logan's Circle," he said. 

The project is a partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.

"So we are doing it again in a better and better way... we have this amazing double-decker bus that doesn't actually go anywhere. We'll have DJs, we'll also have water ice," said Kathryn Ott Lovell, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation commisioner. 

She says one thing visitors can look forward to seeing this year is the mural arts ground painting.

"It just gives you the impression of being three dimensional and the colors are bright, summery you know those kind of things to help people enjoy the summer," said Felix St. Fort, the artist of a 33,000 square foot mural at Oval+.

Albert Yee

Oval+ programs will open on July 19 and end on Aug. 18.