LOVE Park fountain a monumental headache

The city's parks director is happy people are enjoying it, even while work continues.

Pat Loeb
June 18, 2018 - 6:00 am
The new LOVE Park is officially open.

Mike DeNardo-KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — One of the key elements of Philadelphia's redesigned Love Park is the monumental fountain at its center. It has also become the most problematic element.

The fountain features a towering main jet and what park officials call a "birds nest" of smaller jets, lit up in color — already a favorite of kids. When they're on, that is.

"There are some kinks with the fountain that we're still working out," said Parks Director Kathryn Ott Lovell.

She said the original design did not have large enough drains, so new ones were put in. However, still some water overshoots them. She says a new drain cover should correct that, but in the meantime, the birds nest sprung a leak.

"We built a park over a parking garage and a SEPTA concourse," she said. "I mean, there's just so many complications with this park every day."

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Ott Lovell says the city might have waited to open the park until all the kinks were worked out, but she's delighted people are enjoying it, even while work continues.

"All the tables and chairs are used at the lunch hour. We love that. People seem to really like the ping pong tables," she said.

The city is spending $25 million on the park, including the visitor's center, which is still under construction.