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The Oval+ 2017:

Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation hosted the fifth summer of The Oval with expanded programming called The Oval+ presented by PNC. The Oval+ featured an expanded footprint and unique installations in addition to the ever-popular movie and music nights, food trucks, beer garden, and family-friendly activities.  The partners engaged a cutting-edge design firm, PORT Urbanism to develop an installation that will inspire people to envision future, potential uses for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway beyond Eakins Oval. Taking the theme of “What’s your Parkway, Philly?” this year’s Oval+ creates focal points on the Parkway from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Logan Circle – for connecting with nature; enjoying art, culture, and play; or gathering for public dialogue about the future of the Parkway.

At night, the installations – some extending to 24 feet in height – were illuminated from within, creating a glowing effect. Other elements included a dynamic maze which went through the trees and a stage to accommodate a changing schedule of public events large and small. Also, to continue the theme, nearby Aviator Park and the newly renovated Shakespeare Park further down the Parkway were the site of additional Oval+ installations and activities from collaborating organizations like the Franklin Institute and Free Library of Philadelphia.

Summer Season 2017 Schedule:

Thursday, July 20th – Sunday, August 20th
FREE passive activities including interactive art installation, chalkboards, a maze, 9-hole mini golf, bean bag toss, Legos, Connect Four, Ping Pong, a sandbox, and chess and checkers available Wednesdays to Sundays 11am-11pm.
BEER GARDEN HOURS: Wednesday – Friday, 5-11pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2-11pm

Themed Days with Programming:

Wellness Wednesdays: free fitness classes from 6-8pm (Power Yoga, Yoga Habit; Philly Dance Fitness; CKO Kickboxing; Dance Boot Camp; CoreFitness Boot Camp)
Arts & Culture Thursdays: with weekly DJ Dance Parties from 7-11pm plus free Hip Hop Fundamentals classes
Friday Food & Flicks: delicious food trucks and movies starting at 9pm
Game Day Saturdays: kids music jam, 2-4pm; Quizzo 4-6pm
Sunday Family Fundays: featuring a weekly family dance party called Let’s Rock Recess from 2-7pm

2017 Press Coverage:

6/1/17 CurbedPhilly: This year’s bigger Oval will re-envision what the Parkway could be View
6/12/17 Huffington Post: The Oval+ is Philadelphia’s own “Avenue des Champs-Élysées” View
6/13/17 uwishunu: The Expanded Oval Returns View
7/4/17 PhillyVoice: The Oval expands this season, adding art installation to pop-up View
7/6/17 PlanPhilly: Once again, the Oval+ temporarily puts the ‘park’ in the Ben Franklin Parkway View
7/13/17 Philadelphia Inquirer: It’s your Parkway, tell us what you want to see there View
7/13/17 On the Beat: Eakins Oval Summer Events Video View
7/18/17 NewsWorks: Summer events return to Oval Park in front of Art Museum steps View
7/19/17 Billy Penn: This year’s Oval asks Philly a simple question: What should the Parkway be? View
7/19/17 uwishunu: Summer Pop-Up The Oval+ Is Back And Bigger Than Ever On The Benjamin Franklin Parkway View
7/19/17 CBS Philadelphia: Reshaping The Use Of Eakins Oval With ‘The Oval+’ View
7/19/17 Philly Voice: Suds and Grubs at Eakins Oval now open! View
7/19/17 PHL17: Eakins Oval+ opens with expanded parks View
7/20/17 Curbed Philly: The Oval+ on the Parkway returns for fifth and best year yet View
7/20/17 MyPhillyAlive: 2017 Summer Fun At Eakins Oval View
7/28/17 Fox29: Alex Around Town Eakins Oval View



Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy, revealed the City of Philadelphia’s new “Park on the Parkway” in July 2013. The eight acres of public space
located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway known as Philadelphia’s own “Avenue des Champs-Élysées,” Eakins Oval (2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway) became The Oval, a park with
community programming, events, and activities. Designed to promote the Parkway as a neighborhood park for all Philadelphians, The Oval offers a wide array of activities and amenities, and features park spaces that all ages can easily access and enjoy.

For more information please find our Press and Media Contacts.

For a schedule of events as well as high-resolution images for media use, please visit the online press room.

  • The Oval
  • Fairmount Park Conservancy
  • Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department
Presented By:
A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:
  • Warby Parker
  • Park Towne Place

About The Oval

The Oval is an initiative of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

the new shape of fun.

Have Questions? Call (215) 607-3477 or email Erin Nardini for more information


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