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Opening Day at The Oval

Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation kick off the fourth consecutive season of The Oval presented by PNC, featuring a mix of free movies, live music, kid-friendly activities like a sandbox and sprinklers, interactive games, a rotating lineup of food trucks, a beautiful beer garden, and an original mural titled “Rhythm and Hues” across 25,000 square feet of concrete.


Friday, July 15, 2016


5:00pm - 10:00pm


The Oval
2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130


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. theovalphl.org/

 For the past three years, The Oval summer season has been presented by PNC, with additional support last year and this year from Park Towne Place Premier Apartment Homes. The project partners collaborated with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program to commission the new ground mural, made possible this year with the support of Warby Parker.


Opening Friday, July 15 and running for five weeks through Sunday, August 21, The Oval (located on the southeastern edge of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway) transforms the eight acres of London plane trees, grass lawns, and public art encompassing Eakins Oval into a summer oasis for all ages.