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JFK Plaza - Love Park
1500 Arch Street
Center City
Philadelphia, Pa 19102
Cross Street: Walnut Street
General Information
LOVE Park (JFK Plaza) was built in the 1960s at the eastern end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and across from City Hall. In the late 1980s, by an accident of history, young people discovered that the park's curving stairs and ledges were perfect for skateboarding.

The City's 2002 enforcement of the ban on skateboarding in LOVE Park dealt a major blow to Philadelphia's ability to position itself as a magnet for youth and the creative economy, in the context of its ongoing urban renaissance. The young, hip, and connected demographic that Philadelphia seeks to attract saw LOVE Park as an icon of its culture, and the City's stance as an indicator of its position toward youth and progress.

In the interest of developing a compromise solution, in the summer of 2004, a coalition of civic organizations lobbied the City to ease its prohibition on skateboarding in LOVE Park. A number of disparate organizations formed the Friends of Love Park (FOLP) and developed a "Balanced Solution" to address the concerns of many different park users while returning skating to LOVE Park on a limited basis.

The Balanced Solution won wide support from many of Philadelphia's leading citizen voices and organizations including: The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News, Council Majority Leader Jannie Blackwell, City Council Parks and Recreation Committee Chairwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown, then-City Controller Jonathan Saidel, former City Planning Director Edmund N. Bacon, the park's architect Vincent G. Kling, Young Involved Philadelphia, the Logan Square Neighbors Association, and the Independence Hall Association.

FOLP obtained 10,000 signatures in support of the Balanced Solution, from 40 countries across the globe. Additionally, FOLP secured over $1,000,000 in contributions to fund the initial renovations and activities of the organization. The Balanced Solution, in short, limited skateboarding to after 3:00 PM on weekdays, separating it from the lunch crowd; created pedestrian-only pathways separated by grass strips from the areas where skateboarding is permitted; and established that a nonprofit organization would raise the funds to pay for the park's maintenance, thereby relieving the taxpayer of any such cost.

It was a strong plan, with vast support, creating a compromise to benefit the civic good and the City's future. However, the Mayor's office rejected the plan. Philadelphia still awaits a foresighted mayor and City Council to re-shape the course of history and bring skateboarding back to LOVE Park!

    Live Art: Our art series runs from May 2, 2011 to October 31, 2011. We have Monday thru Friday mid-day shows with a start time of 12:00pm and ending by 4pm. Artists are to arrive a half an hour before the start time of their show for set up. Rain-outs will be called by 10:00am. We err on the side of caution so please make sure you provide a reliable cell phone number to contact you last minute if necessary. Cancelled dates will be provided with a back up date in September or October once the initial performance is cancelled. Click here for registration.

    Artists are only allowed to register for 2 performance dates. All dates are first come, first serve. Registration is FREE of charge. If a scheduled artist is planning on sharing their time slot, the Marketing and Promotions Office must be informed one week (7 days) prior to the show. We do take consideration to public decency (NO PROFANITY, NO NUDITY). Lastly, we encourage self promotions from all artists, but no sales are allowed on premises.

    And as a reminder there is no application fee or no artist stipend available.

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