The Oval+ 2018:
For four weeks this summer, from July 20 to August 19, a portion of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be transformed into a grand promenade with the theme, More PARK, More PLAY as part of The Oval+. This year’s season of The Oval+ builds directly on the public feedback and data that Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation collected as part of 2017’s “What’s Your Parkway, Philly?” More than 40 percent of visitors said they wanted to see more family related activities at The Oval+. This input, added to ongoing safety concerns about crossing multiple lanes of traffic, especially with small children, led the partners to build on the popularity of last year’s installations beyond the perimeter of Eakins Oval.
For the second year in a row, Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation have retained Philadelphia-based urban design firm PORT to develop the plan and installations for The Oval+.
Large-Scale Mural Installations
Each closed intersection stretch of road will be graced by a large-scale mural designed and installed by Mural Arts Philadelphia with the award-winning design and illustration studio The
Heads of State. The goal for both Mural Arts and the design studio was to visually represent the idea of the Parkway being a unifying element between Fairmount Park and the city’s core. From kayaks on the Schuylkill to the soaring arches within the Wissahickon to the growing towers of Center City, each crosswalk illustrates the transition from park to city and back again.
Limited Road Closure Details
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Fairmount Park Conservancy worked with City agencies and partners to develop a traffic protection and maintenance plan and to implement safety measures that correspond with the closure and detour schedule outlined as follows:
From July 5 to August 26 vehicle traffic will be redirected in the following ways:
• The outbound outer lanes (north side of Parkway) will be closed to vehicles between 20th
street and Art Museum Drive;
• The outbound Parkway bike lane will remain open;
• N. 20th St, N. 21st St. and N. 22nd St. will remain open;
• Vine St. traffic will be directed to the Parkway inner lanes or to make a right onto 20th St.
The Oval+ Summer Season 2018 Schedule:
Friday, July 20th – Sunday, August 19th
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)
Arts & Culture Thursdays: with weekly DJ Dance Parties from 7-11pm
Friday Food & Flicks: delicious food trucks and movies starting at 9pm
Game Day Saturdays: Quizzo 4-6pm
Sunday Family Fundays: featuring a weekly family dance party called Let’s Rock Recess from 2-7pm
2018 Press Coverage:
7/19/18 Philly Family Mag: The Oval+ returns to the Parkway, bigger and more kid-friendly than ever View
7/19/18 Curbed Philly: Oval+ pop-up park and new Barnes canopy open this week View
7/18/18 PhillyChitChat: The Oval pops back up with a few surprises along the way View
7/18/18 CBS Philly: The Mobile Weather Watcher goes to Eakins Oval View
7/18/18 6ABC: Eakins Oval gets artistic makeover for next 5 weeks in Philadelphia View
7/18/18 Philadelphia Inquirer: ‘The Oval’ for 2018 opens Friday, and one key Parkway road closes for a month View
7/12/18 Narcity: 30 fun Philadelphia dates that are way more fun than you’d think View
7/6/18 BeWellPhilly: The Oval pop-up park will host a ton of free workouts on Wednesdays View
7/5/18 NBC10: The Oval+ to expand park space into Benjamin Franklin Parkway View
6/29/18 Philly Mag: Eakins Oval is getting a ‘family-friendly’ extension for summer View
6/28/18 Curbed Philly: Oval+ returning with plans to expand into Parkway View
6/27/18 PhillyVoice: This is when The Oval+ will return to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway View
6/27/18 PlanPhilly/WHYY: In Common: The Oval stretches car-free onto the Parkway this summer View
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.
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