What’s Old is New
by Jeremy Davis
It’s here. It’s finally here. Dilworth Park is finally open - well, mostly open, as there’s about one-third of construction left to be completed, but it’s open for all to see and enjoy.
Taking nearly four years to complete and costing an upwards of $55 million to renovate and renew, Dilworth Park aims to be a new beacon of light in the city of Philadelphia. I, for one, thought that we’d get a new mayor before its ultimate completion, but it looks as though we’ll be getting a new governor instead. It’s been a long four years, but the time has come for the artist formerly known as Dilworth Plaza to share what it has to offer.
Opening on September 4th, Dilworth Park looks inviting and it should. With the Rosa Blanca Café, a new fountain, added greenery that will see more implemented, and public art, Dilworth has a lot of options. There’s still the yet-to-be-completed ice skating rink, which will be open during the winter months and renovations that SEPTA will be adding as well. There will be a plethora of events taking place there as well, most recently a Flyers pep rally.
The important thing to remember is that this upgrade was needed. This dilapidated, grey, blight on our city needed to go. It needed to be changed and whether you like the changes or not; whether you believe that something better could’ve been done; you can be proud that the city did something, which they opted for change.
The final product should be nothing short of awe-inspiring. It can and will change many a person’s look of Center City. It can and will change Center City for the better. Sometimes change is good. The city is going through a change. The city is growing. SEPTA is changing (hopefully for the better). The landscape of downtown Philly is changing.
To learn more visit http://www.ccdparks.org/dilworth-park.
photography by Ryan Powell and Kieran Timberlake