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Crazy ideas for the new Love Park: Showers, zip lines and … a nap station?

Love Park is getting a face lift and PennPraxis, the non-profit part of PennDesign that enables faculty, student and public collaboration on Philly design projects, joined forces with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy to open the forum for the #newlovepark. Since the civic engagement days held in September, ideas for the redesign have been rolling in — here are some of the best.

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@jongeeting thinks a beer fountain filled with sharks with a nice skate ramp would be ideal for Center City. Pretty sure much of Love Park is already a nap station, though.

@Bellavistan sees a bag check and lockers in our future, accompanied by wifi and a charging station, kind of like what they have at an amusement park. A photo booth would also exist, right next to the “climbing rope spinner.”

Yup. Winner.

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Showers are going to be necessary at Love Park after the Philly Bike Share gets implemented this year. They will probably just use the water that the fountain used to use, considering this idea replaces it with “lunch picnic” areas.

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Here we are just adding some green, and a public piano where those who play in the Reading Terminal can come and get some fresh air every now and then.

If there is one real thing that all of the #newlovepark submissions had in common it’s the desire for more trees, grass, plants and environmental aspects.

PennPraxis is hosting a meeting tonight at the Central Branch of the Free Library to discuss the findings from community conversations and to introduce the design team being led by Hargreaves Associates. Construction is slated to begin next year.

 

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