Dilworth Plaza Will Re-Open in September

Renovations to be unveiled in three-day celebration.


Dilworth Plaza — once an ugly, gray expanse of concrete that was as miserable a piece of urban public-space design as any in Philadelphia — will re-open in September, unveiling its renovations in a three-day celebration.

NBC 10 reports:

The park, located on the west side of city hall, will include a public space for 400 benches and chairs, a large lawn, tree groves and a fountain.

The new park will also link the Avenue of the Arts with the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and connect the office district with Market East destinations. It will also provide new entrances to SEPTA trains and trolleys and make the Market Street Line as well as subway surface lines accessible by elevator.

Dilworth Park offers a further summation at its website:

Dilworth Park is being transformed from an inaccessible, multi-level, hard-surface plaza into a sustainable, well-maintained, green public space without stairs or barriers from the street. By covering existing openings and removing unnecessary walls, steps and barriers, the renovated Dilworth Park will have 20,571 square feet of new useable area (an increase of 21%) resulting in an expanded 120,557-square-foot public space. There will be a large lawn, tree groves, a programmable fountain and space for 400 benches and chairs. The underground is being dramatically improved as a new transit gateway, providing entrances to Broad Street and Market Street subways and the trolley lines. New elevators will make the transit levels accessible for the first time.

City, state, and federal governments picked up most of the bill for the reconstruction; private donors added $15 million.

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    • There actually hasn’t been a specific date released yet. There’ll be an official announcement on Tuesday, Aug. 19th, about the re-opening, at which point we suspect there will be a date given.

  • The Real Richard Cranium

    It is kind of like when the PHA started to implode all of the high rise projects in favor of the single homes with driveways, etc. The City is about to close JFK Plaza, so it is almost like the residents that take up JFK Plaza are being given the newly revamped Dilworth Plaza on a silver platter. And they are going to have much more room, so that just means that more residents will call Dilworth their home.

    • The Real Richard Cranium

      Center City Living with Lifetime Tax Abatement!! Free Wi-Fi. Convenient access to the major transit hubs. Swimming in the summer months and ice skating in the winter months. Come one, come all (ok, limited to the first 400 people). Come live at Dilworth Plaza at City Hall.