Dilworth Park – In 2014, City Hall’s western-facing front yard transformed from a concrete sweep to a $55 million multi-use park, complete with tree groves, benches, a cafe and areas for outdoor events and performances. A large programmable fountain offers children a place to romp and splash in warm weather. During the winter, an ice rink brings skaters to the park. The site’s Greenfield Lawn provides a place to relax, and sloping glass roofs lead to the major transit hub below the park. 15th & Market Streets, (215) 440-5500, dilworthpark.org
The 120,557-square-foot public space has created a dynamic and accessible new hub for pedestrians, commuters and visitors.
A multifaceted space, Dilworth Park includes an enormous Great Lawn, an outdoor café operated by Jose Garces, a computer-programmable fountain, a performance space and activity areas for outdoor markets and an ice-skating rink in season.
Additionally, SEPTA transit lines are now far more accessible with new elevators and new stairs, sheltered by cool-looking clear glass headhouses, that connect the surface streets with new entrances to the Market and Broad Street Lines and transit hub below, a system that transports 305,000 passengers through Center City each day