November 17, 2017
If you were wondering where some of that granite went when LOVE Park was torn up for a revitalization project, now you know.
In fact, now you can have a brick fashioned from the igneous rock to place on your mantel or use as a desktop paperweight.
The city's Parks and Recreation Department is offering up the 3x3-inch bricks for $50, beginning next Friday (Black Friday). Just 250 of the limited-edition collectibles are available in this first run of production and can be purchased at its Christmas Village Information Hut at LOVE Park.
Each brick is engraved with a design similar to the famous sculpture, LOVE, by Robert Indiana, which will return to the park in early 2018.
Proceeds from the sale of the original granite keepsakes will directly benefit maintenance of existing city skateparks as well as future construction, and maintenance and programming of the new LOVE Park in partnership with Fairmount Park Conservancy, the department said in a news release.
As far as the rest of the granite, SkatePhilly, working with Parks and Rec, salvaged 75 tons of the original rock during demolition for use in future skateparks around the city.
A grand re-opening celebration for the new Love Park will be held in the spring.