LOVE Park has been a centerpiece of Philadelphia’s urban landscape for more than 50 years. In that time, it’s become part of daily life in Center City, as well as a backdrop for public demonstrations and popular festivals.
Dedicated as John. F. Kennedy Plaza in 1967, the park was designed by Edmund Bacon and Vincent G. Kling. Its central location and iconic views soon made it a favorite gathering place.
The LOVE sculpture was added to the park for the nation’s bicentennial. Created by Robert Indiana, the artwork became a fixture when F. Eugene Dixon, Jr., Chairman of the Philadelphia Art Commission, purchased it as a gift to the city.
In 2016, renovations began at LOVE Park. The improvements included an accessible design, new fountains, and more opportunities for play. Even the LOVE sculpture received a makeover, returning to its original red, green, and purple color scheme.
The park officially reopened in 2018. A typical summer afternoon finds city workers enjoying live music on their lunch hour, while visitors cool off in the fountains, play ping-pong, or take photos. Stop by and find out what makes LOVE Park the park that loves you back!
To use LOVE Park for a demonstration, protest, or other event, you’ll need a permit from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. You may also need permits from other City agencies. For more information, contact the Parks & Rec Special Events Office at (215) 685-0060.
If you’d like to hold your marriage ceremony at the LOVE sculpture, you can sign up for Wedding Wednesdays. Parks & Rec will provide:
Learn more about getting married at LOVE Park.