Love Park


Philadelphia’s iconic Love Park is currently under renovation by Bittenbender Construction. The park was originally conceived of by Edmund Bacon and architect Vincent G. Kling in 1965. In 1967 the park was dedicated as John F. Kennedy Plaza and has since served as the gateway to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & The Art Museum district. LOVE Park later became an international icon for the skateboarding community. The park has served our city’s diverse and urban community.  The new design is led by Hargreaves Associates with a welcoming public space of green areas situated at the same level as the perimeter sidewalks.  This Project consists of redesigning JFK Plaza / LOVE Park, which sits above an underground parking garage and the SEPTA concourse, both of which are in operation during construction.  Also under renovation is the existing Fairmount Park Welcome Center building in the southwest corner of the Park.  The scope also includes all Garage elements on the surface of the Park, i.e. stairs, elevators and head houses.  Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE sculpture will be restored and reinstalled in nearly the same spot, and the old granite pavers were removed and salvaged for reuse for skate parks across the city.  Construction is expected to be completed by Spring 2017, the park will be celebrating it’s 50th year anniversary in May.


LOCATION Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TYPE Revitalization
SIZE 2.3 Acres
COMPLETION DATE Coming Spring 2017
OWNER Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
ARCHITECT Kieran Timberlake
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Hargreaves Associates