February 12, 2019
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is offering another chance at scoring a granite keepsake taken directly from the old LOVE Park.
Though the keepsakes look simple, they're attached to a longer and somewhat messier history, beginning in late 2017 when similar keepsakes went on sale to commemorate the new LOVE Park design.
The stone blocks were in demand, sparking long lines and selling out quickly, but nobody actually got hold of one then because of a copyright issue about the use of Robert Indiana's famous LOVE statue design.
Flash forward to 2019 and those 3-by-3-inch granite blocks emblazoned with carvings of the LOVE statue, valued at $51, were finally in the clear to be sold. Parks & Recreation only made 250 blocks, issuing a two-block limit per person, hardly fulfilling all the demand from 2017.
This Wednesday, Feb. 13, Philadelphians will get another shot at scoring a piece of the original park. During Wedding Wednesday, when couples are married in front of the LOVE sculpture, a limited quantity of granite keepsakes will be sold onsite, swapping out the LOVE design for a more modern heart graphic that has no legal implications attached.
TOMORROW at @LOVEParkPhilly, enjoy pre-Valentine's Day festivities from 11-1pm:— Fairmount Park Conservancy (@myphillypark) February 12, 2019
💕 A flower bouquet truck
💕 Love Park keepsakes
💕 Love letters by @phillytypewritr and @yolandawisher
💕 Special weddings! https://t.co/Kyeivvj9iD pic.twitter.com/M3AdoCcDyG
The items will be sold as part of a special Valentine's Day Prep event at LOVE Park, where Mayor Jim Kenney and Council President Darrell L. Clarke will officiate the day's weddings. For those not tying the knot, the day afternoon will also host food trucks (La Chocolatera, Dos Hermanos Tacos, and Dump N Roll) and flowers from Bella Buds Flower Truck.
You can also get out your romantic side with help from a Philly Typewriter pop-up and type a love letter with help from former Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher.
Only 200 of the new granite keepsakes will be available, sales benefitting LOVE Park. The event begins at 11 a.m. Check out more details here.