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July 19, 2017

Suds and grubs at Eakins Oval now open!

Officials celebrate ribbon cutting at Oval+

Eakins Oval Openings
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A view from above The Oval+ on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval.

The brains behind the operation at Eakins Oval have a lot more in store this year for Philadelphians wanting a sampling of local food truck fare, refreshment and live music along the parkway. Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation cut the ribbon on an all-new installation, attraction and interactive design on Wednesday, thanks to the people at PORT Urbanism, a Philly- and Chicago-based design consultant that brings together architects, urban designers and strategic landscape thinkers.

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Employees put the finishing touches on the bar at The Oval beer garden.

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In addition to the beer garden, there are games, a giant sandbox, a maze, and also free miniature golf available at The Oval+.

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Beginning Thursday, July 20 at 5 p.m., public programming and food service will be offered in and around Eakins Oval Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. until Aug. 20. This summer will be the fifth the city has hosted “The Oval+” – which features an expanded footprint and unique installation in addition to the movie and music nights, food trucks, beer garden and family-friendly activities offered all summer long.

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The Oval + will be open to the public beginning on Thursday, July 20 at 5pm and then Wednesdays though Sundays until August 20.

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Mural Arts Philadelphia used nearly 250 gallons of paint to cover the entire asphalt portion of the public space.