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The Oval+ 2020:

The summer season for The Oval+ is cancelled for 2020.

Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation came to this decision in accordance with the guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Public Health Department of the City of Philadelphia to mitigate community spread of COVID-19. 

Although we cannot come together at The Oval+ this summer, there are many ways to stay safe and healthy in Philly parks in this time of need: 

  • Explore the unknown in Fairmount Park: Fairmount Park Conservancy will offer free virtual programming in East and West Fairmount Park, including tours of the park’s lesser-explored natural areas. Sign up for emails from the Conservancy to stay up to date.
  • Enjoy PlayStreets: Each summer, hundreds of small, one-way, residential streets throughout the City temporarily close to vehicle traffic to give children a safe place to pick up a free, nutritious meal. The 50+-year-old Playstreets program is run by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. Learn more
  • Stay cool at spraygrounds: Spraygrounds will be open on a rolling basis starting July 6. Spraygrounds will be staffed, and restricted to 25 people remaining at least 6 feet apart. Spraygrounds will have evening and weekend hours. Learn more.
  • Have fun at playgrounds: Playgrounds are open for children and their caregivers under the City’s Safer-at-Home Order. Playground equipment may be reserved for campers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, starting July 6. Learn more.

 For more information, visit myphillypark.org. We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia’s parks someday soon.



Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, in partnership with Fairmount Park Conservancy, revealed The Oval in July 2013, an outcome of More Park, Less Way an action plan created by PennPraxis for The City of Philadelphia. 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.

  • The Oval
  • Fairmount Park Conservancy
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  • Visit Philadelphia
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About The Oval

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

the new shape of fun.

Please call Philadelphia Parks & Recreation's Special Events office at 215-685-0060.


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