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July 12, 2013

Eakins Oval Reinterpreted as Urban Beach Area for the Summer

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

Eakins Oval, one of Philadelphia’s hot spots during summers thanks to its prime location right in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will be transformed this summer into the city’s new center of fun. An initiative of Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy, the $180,000 project is supported by the William Penn Foundation and the City of Philadelphia.

From July 17 until August 18—between the Welcome America and Made in America Festivals—the seven-acre area connecting Philadelphia’s core with Fairmount Park, Kelly Drive and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive will be closed for traffic, allowing pedestrians to enjoy The Oval, a temporary summer park where people can hang out, play, socialize and attend themed programs.

Designed by LRSLAstudio, The Oval will resemble an urban beach area similar to the artificial beaches that pop-up in Paris along the river Seine every July and August. According to the Philadelphia Real Estate Blog, the park will also include sandboxes for children, lifeguard chairs, a game area with life-size chess and checkers boards, a large Twister mat, an outdoor food truck café and a portable stage at the end of the café area.

Though The Oval will be closed only on Mondays, visitors will have the opportunity to get involved into plenty of free-access themed programs during the rest of the week: wellness, arts and culture, environment, food and flicks, music and family fun..

Rendering credits to LRSLAstudio via The Oval Facebook page

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